Editor’s note: this story has been updated; the new information appears at the bottom and is noted.
Evelyn Farkas, who used to work as a diplomatic expert for President Obama, has seemingly admitted that Donald Trump was being spied on by Democrats. Farkas was giving an interview on MSNBC when she made these admissions.
Evelyn told Mika Brzezinski that she’d told “the Hill people” to “get as much information as you can. Get as much intelligence as you can before Obama leaves office.” She then said, “I knew that if the Trump folks knew how we knew what we knew with their dealings with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
This, she said, worried her because “not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia.” And then, “I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew they were trying to get that information to the Hill. That’s why you have the leaking. People are worried.”
What it sounds like Evelyn Farkas is saying here is that Washington elites were encouraged to leak information after Obama left office for fear that Donald Trump would figure out what was going on and try to shut their operation down. Not only were officials urged to leak information, they did, according to Farkas.
So far, Evelyn has not responded to the uproar her admissions have caused, but Trump supporters are taking to social media to express what they think about this revelation.
Hmm I didn't know it was the Defense Deputy's job to spy on presidential candidates...#EvelynFarkas— SocialCommentary???????? (@611601717_) March 29, 2017
Ms. Evelyn Farkas, thinking you just might want to get a lawyer and quick-like. This doesn't look good chicka!— Mom2_4Barkers (@BarkerMom) March 29, 2017
President Trump made the Obama wiretapping claim by way of Twitter on March 4.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
In mid-February, he made known his frustration about the leaks coming out about himself and Russia.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
Farkas responded to the president’s initial Obama wiretapping tweet by calling it a “shocking allegation.”
This is a shocking allegation to make against one's very honorable predecessor. https://t.co/4PabJp4gvK— EvelynFarkas (@EvelynNFarkas) March 4, 2017
If what Evelyn Farkas said during this MSNBC interview is true and to be taken as outlined herein, now Trump will know the why and who of the leaks. We shall see what he decides to do with this new information.
[Updated March 29, 2017 11:15 p.m. EST]
There is false information going around concerning this interview between MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and former Obama official Evelyn Farkas. Some news sites are falsely reporting that it took place on Wednesday, March 29, when it actually took place on Thursday, March 2.
[Updated March 30, 2017 8:58 a.m. EST]
Evelyn Farkas has taken to Twitter in response to the story of her admittance to President Trump surveillance during an MSNBC interview on March 2.
In one tweet, she blames the uproar this has caused on a “dark Internet video twisting my words.”
However, two tweeters lashed back at her, disputing her claim of it being a dark Internet video.
@EvelynNFarkas Morning Joe is dark video?? Nobody watches him but it's clear what u said for over minute. Time 2 hire a lawyer.— Scott Schulze ???????? (@payshel) March 30, 2017
Evelyn did not directly respond to these replies.
Farkas also tweeted what appears to be an excuse for her communications with Washington elites, writing that advice was all she was providing, and in turn she “wanted Congress to ask for facts,” having to do with Trump and Russia.
Hi-I didn't give anybody anything except advice re.Russia info op vUSA.I was out of govt,had nothing 2 give, wanted Congress2 ask4facts— EvelynFarkas (@EvelynNFarkas) March 30, 2017
[Updated March 30, 2017 1:24 p.m. EST]
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was notified about the Evelyn Farkas interview on Thursday morning. During an interview between Priebus and conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Real Clear Politics reported that Priebus called the new developments “incredible,” but at the same time he wants to be cautious in making any rash assumptions regarding Farkas’ seeming admittance to political surveillance of President Trump.
"That's incredible...This is an incredible statement." @Reince45 to me about Evelyn Farkas statement re use of incidental collection intel— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) March 30, 2017
[Updated March 30, 2017 5:34 p.m.]
Evelyn Farkas has come out publicly, by way of Daily Caller news, to explain why it seems she is admitting to Obama officials surveilling President Trump before he was sworn into office during a March 2 interview with Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC. During the interview, it also appears Farkas confessed to knowing why all the leaks about Trump and Russia were taking place.
Farkas vehemently denies being responsible and/or the overseer of any wrongdoing. She told the source that she’s never been given informational findings pertaining to the matter, citing the fact that she was at that point no longer a governmental employee as a reason why. Evelyn essentially attributes the things that she said during the interview as the product of intuition and bad feelings. Ergo, she’s claiming she didn’t actually know what she was saying was true, but rather just felt they were true.
Based on the responses Farkas is receiving on Twitter, it looks like not a lot of people are buying her denial. Many tweeters are speculating that she was either lying during the initial MSNBC interview, or she’s lying now.
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