President Trump on Monday night tweeted a clip of Fox News' Tucker Carlson explaining the intricacies of former president Barack Obama's alleged involvement in plotting to have him removed from office — an affair Trump has labeled "Obamagate":
In the opening minutes of Carlson's monologue, he quoted parts of former National Security Advisor Susan Rice's final memo that described the presidential transition which had been underway for months.
In reference to a meeting two weeks before, Rice wrote:
"President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia ...
The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would."
Carlson then offered his explanation of what this statement means.
"The President of the United States turned to the head of the FBI, the most powerful law enforcement official in America, and said, 'Continue to secretly investigate my chief political rival so that I can act against him.' Comey's response, 'Yes, sir.' That's what Obama was saying, openly ...
In any normal period in American history, this exchange would define Barack Obama forever. Obama would be known as the disgraced former president who used federal law enforcement to hurt his political enemies. That's what he did."