Former Obama adviser Rhodes lashes out at Trump's 'Obamagate' theory: 'It's bulls***'

In 2019, Rhodes said DOJ will 'find nothing that suggests there was any political or White House involvement" in the investigation of the Trump campaign and Russia.

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Former Obama advisor Ben Rhodes
Former Obama advisor Ben Rhodes
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May 14, 2020 - 2:08pm

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Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to former President Obama, called President Trump’s criticism of the Obama administration’s unmasking requests and its handling of the Russia probe in 2016 “bulls***.”

Rhodes responded to a CNN analysis piece published on Wednesday titled, "Breaking down 'Obamagate,' Trump's latest theory about the 'deep state' and Obama's role in the Russia investigation."

“It's not a ‘theory’ it's bullshit served up with the expectation that a bullied media will credulously spread disinformation to a mass audience,” Rhodes wrote on Twitter.

“Over 80,000 Americans have died and the economy is in a depression but sure let’s talk about ‘Obamagate’ which doesn’t exist, won’t save one life or restore one job,” he wrote in another tweet.

Rhodes was one of the Obama administration officials that the House Intelligence Committee interviewed in 2017 about the investigation of Russia and the Trump campaign. The transcripts from some of the interviews were recently released.

“I wouldn’t have received any information on any criminal or counterintelligence investigations into what the Trump campaign was doing, so I would not have seen that information,” Rhodes said, according to the transcripts. “I saw indications of potential coordination, but I did not see, you know, the specific evidence of the actions of the Trump campaign.”

During an interview last April, Rhodes called the Department of Justice Inspector General's investigation into the origins of the Russia probe a “waste of time” and said the investigators would not find any wrongdoing on the part of the Obama administration.

“We didn’t even know there was an FBI investigation of Trump,” Rhodes said. "I didn’t. President Obama didn’t, like, we actually abided by the firewalls between — if there were any investigations that took place, those decisions were made in the Justice Department, in the FBI, not in the White House. They will find nothing that suggests there was any political or White House involvement in any of that.”