Another Top Democrat: Obama Admin Was Investigating Trump Since Spring of 2015

Mary Anne Marsh, a principal of the Dewey Square Group, a Democratic public affairs consulting firm, revealed the Obama administration had been investigating Donald Trump since the spring of 2015.

Maybe Comey is continuing the investigation to blur his own role in the Obama administration’s improper and illegal snooping on his party’s opponents. He has not closed the investigation despite its apparently flimsy basis, perhaps to protect himself. He was supposed to report this investigation in a timely manner to the Congressional and Senate intelligence committees and did not.

As a correspondent with some knowledge of these matters related to me:

When push comes to shove, no investigation gets opened, no FISA order is applied for, without James Comey’s say-so. They can bluster, but it’s damned hard to get rid of an FBI Director without a very, very public stink. He could have said no, but he didn’t. That means the investigation is bound to focus on him. And count on it — the decision to short circuit Congressional oversight was probably pushed on him by those same people, but once again, it was ultimately his decision. He could’ve gone to the Committee, but he didn’t. His decision, his responsibility.”

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Violations of the Hatch Act?

Agencies and employees prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity:

Employees of the following agencies (or agency components), or in the following categories, are subject to more extensive restrictions on their political activities than employees in other Departments and agencies:

Administrative law judges (positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 5372)
Central Intelligence Agency
Contract Appeals Boards (positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 5372a)
Criminal Division (Department of Justice)
Defense Intelligence Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Election Commission
Merit Systems Protection Board
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Security Agency
National Security Council
Office of Criminal Investigation (Internal Revenue Service)
Office of Investigative Programs (Customs Service)
Office of Law Enforcement (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)
United States Office of Special Counsel
Secret Service
Senior Executive Service
(career positions described at 5 U.S.C. § 3132(a)(4))

h/t Daniel Higdon


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