President Donald Trump on Monday unleashed a furious tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of doing too much and too little to stop Russia from helping him get elected president.
“Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November?” Trump asked. “Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win.”
Directly after accusing Obama of doing too much to interfere in the election to help Hillary Clinton win, Trump said that Obama didn’t do enough to stop Russia from undermining Clinton’s candidacy.
“Unprecedented,” he wrote. “Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling.”
Why did the Obama Administration start an investigation into the Trump Campaign (with zero proof of wrongdoing) long before the Election in November? Wanted to discredit so Crooked H would win. Unprecedented. Bigger than Watergate! Plus, Obama did NOTHING about Russian meddling.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2018
Despite his furious rants, however, the facts contradict the president’s theory that Obama launched an investigation into his campaign to help Hillary Clinton win.
In the first place, the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign was not publicly revealed until months after Trump had been elected president. What’s more, former FBI Director James Comey did publicly reveal that his agency was taking a fresh look at Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server just 11 days before the 2016 election — while not mentioning anything about Trump’s campaign being investigated.
Neither the president nor his supporters have ever addressed why Obama would order the FBI to investigate the Trump campaign in order to help Clinton win and then order the FBI to keep the investigation a total secret until after Clinton lost.