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You may have noticed that the normally reticent former president Barack Obama has been rather vocal of late. I think Obamagate is the reason for that.

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Since Watergate the word “gate” has become a suffice meaning a scandal. Some love to say that Obama had a “scandal-free” administration. Those people weren’t paying attention. That aside perhaps they are paying attention now? Kayleigh McEnany the current White House press secretary was recently asked a question about Obamagate by a reporter. He asked her, “Also in his interview with Maria Bartiromo the other day, the President suggested that people should be jailed for, what he said earlier in the week was, a very obvious crime. You’re an attorney and the President’s spokesperson. Perhaps you could lay out the elements of this crime? What crime was committed, and in what way?” She clarified that he was talking about what is now being called “Obamagate” then told him, “I’m really glad you asked. Because there hasn’t been a lot of journalistic curiosity on this front, and I’m very glad that you asked this question.”

She’s right of course, there hasn’t been a lot of curiosity from the media about a story that, if they had broke it, would have earned them a Pulitzer Prize to be sure. Below is the exchange that followed. To me it seems the only thing the reporter really wants to discuss is the “crime”. I am only guessing but I think this is because he doesn’t think there is a crime and is trying to catch her in a gotcha moment about it.

Kayleigh McEnany: Look, there were a number of questions raised by the actions of the Obama Administration. The Steele dossier funded by the Democratic National Committee. An opposition political party to the President was used to attain FISA warrants to listen in on conversations of people within the Trump campaign. There was the unmasking the identity of Michael Flynn. And we know that in a January 5th meeting in the oval office with President Obama, Sally Yates from the Department of Justice learned about the unmasking. Not from the Department of Justice or from the FBI, she learned about it from President Obama and was stunned and can barely process what she was hearing at the time, because she was stunned of his knowledge of that.

We know that there was a lot of wrongdoing in the case of Michael Flynn. The FBI notes, for instance, that said should we, “get him to lie?” As they pontificated their strategy. We know that the identity of this three decade general was leaked to the press, a criminal leak to the press of his identity and violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. These are very serious questions. They’ve been ignored by the media for far too long. And I’m very glad that I think that is the second question that I have fielded on Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, because justice does matter. Those questions, they matter.

McEnany

Reporter: To be clear, I heard you mention one thing you said was criminal. And that was, what?

Kayleigh McEnany:  The one thing that I’ve said that was criminal?

Reporter: Right.

Kayleigh McEnany:  The leaking of his name and the very real questions that have been raised. But if you want to start talking about wrongdoing in the administration, happy to go through. Andy McCabe, leaking to the Wall Street Journal and then lying about it. Happy to talk about James Clapper lying before Congress saying the NSA does not monitor phone calls. That was an inaccuracy to say the least, if not a lie. John Brennan telling Congress that the, “Bogus Steele dossier played no role in the Russia probe,” when in fact we know it did and was the basis of attaining FISA warrants. So there is a lot of mistruths there that were said, many of them under oath. I would point you to those and the many other real questions that I hope you all will pursue.

Reporter: So, is the President saying that those people should be jailed? The people you just mentioned?

Kayleigh McEnany: I never said that. Those are your words, not mine. But perhaps you should look into it and get me some answers? That is after all the job of reporters to answer the very questions that I’ve laid out. And I hope you guys will take the time to do it.

As you can see, his curiosity doesn’t really exist at all. He’s not interested in knowing the facts or the truth. He’s just interested in getting a sound bite that says Trump wants people jailed. There is a saying, “there is no there there” meaning a story that is being made a big deal of just doesn’t support it being a big deal. When it comes to Obamagate there is plenty of there there and she outlines well enough the things reporters – if they cared – would be looking at and getting to the bottom of. Instead they continue to play politician instead of journalist.

There is no journalistic integrity left.

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