According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, former President Barack Obama’s reputation is forever tarnished in light of evidence signaling a partisan investigation into the Trump administration.
Carlson recently criticized Obama for allegedly trying to “derail” his incoming successor, going on to call out the media for ignoring the scandal, Fox reported. The remarks came on the heels of new details that raise questions about the then-president’s involvement in a federal probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“Secretly investigate my chief political rival”
Recently released documents have revived speculation among Obama’s critics about his role in a plot to entrap former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Though Flynn pleaded guilty to lying in an interview with FBI agents, the new information preceded the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement last week that it intended to drop the case against him, as Fox reported.
Carlson also pointed to a memo that Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice wrote to herself after a January 2017 meeting.
In reference to that meeting, the host asserted that Obama “turned to the head of the FBI, the most powerful law enforcement official in America, and said, ‘Continue to secretly investigate my chief political rival so that I can act against him.'”
“The disgraced former president”
In response, Carlson said that then-FBI Director James Comey agreed to the request.
“In any normal period in American history, this exchange would define Barack Obama forever,” he remarked, according to Fox. “Obama would be known as the disgraced former president who used federal law enforcement to hurt his political enemies. That’s what he did.”
Carlson asserted that “this is not a normal period,” though, accusing “dishonest” and “buffoonish” leaders on the left of ignoring a major political scandal.
“The crime is very obvious to everybody”
For his part, President Donald Trump has been focusing much of his attention in recent days on criticizing his predecessor.
After labeling the controversy “Obamagate” and accusing the 44th president of violating the law, Trump responded to a Washington Post reporter’s request earlier this week for specifics.
“You know what the crime is,” the president said, according to Politico. “The crime is very obvious to everybody, all you have to do is read the newspapers — except yours.”
Trump has been railing against a “Deep State” conspiracy to take his administration down since the earliest days of his presidency. As Carlson explained in his on-air analysis, recent events give the president more evidence to support his theory.