As many conservatives and honest Americans have considered, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) suggested that President Trump was spied on for political reasons during the 2016 race.
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It is hilarious to see how triggered leftists get when anyone espouses something contrary to their beliefs regarding President Trump.
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Sen. Ernst is just looking at the facts and circumstantial evidence, along with the highly questionable, at best, way in which the Obama administration handled the entire case against then-candidate Trump and his campaign team.
The Des Moines Register covered the comments made by Sen. Ernst:
“U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on Wednesday suggested the federal government misused its power to spy on President Donald Trump for political reasons as part of its investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election.
‘It begs the question, too, with the federal government spying on political opponents — what have we come to?’ Ernst said Wednesday at a meeting of the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale. ‘And that seemed to generate out of the Obama administration. So I think that there are some things that need to be looked at. We need to understand, when is it appropriate to misuse power so that you’re using your federal assets to go after a political opponent? It sounds very much like something you find in Russia or someplace like that.'”
Later, covered in the same piece, Sen. Ernst contrasted the Justice department’s handling of then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s alleged crimes versus the baseless claims against Trump.
“Asking Ernst about the report, the attendee suggested there is a ‘two-tiered justice system — one for the Clintons’ and another for Trump. He suggested the government should more closely scrutinize the origins of the investigation into Trump and Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Ernst agreed.
‘It does seem to be an abuse of power,’ she said. ‘And it will be interesting to know how that came about — how this report was initially generated just at the very root basics. You know, why did this start in the first place? And I think we can go back into the Obama administration and figure that out. But yeah, it does seem to be a two-tiered system, absolutely.'”
Americans haven’t heard the end of the GOP’s justified suspicion of the Justice Dept. and the Obama administration and their part in the bogus Trump-Russia collusion investigation.
Sen. Ernst, like many other Republican politicians, is right to question the legitimacy of the basis for the investigation into the Trump campaign.
Here’s Attorney General Bill Barr responding to questions from Sen. Lindsey Graham on potential spying on the then-candidate Trump and his team: