Thursday, June 1, 2017

Flashback: That Time When Barack Obama Secretly Reached Out To Russia And IranIt’s getting to the point where one has to wonder if the liberal news media forgot that Barack Obama was president, if they ever read a Tom Clancy novel, or both. The latest non-troversy is top Trump aide Jared Kushner reportedly wanting to set up a secret back channel with the Russians. Fox News’s Catherine Herridge reported that a source told her that no back channel discussion ever came up.

Regardless, let’s rehash the fact that back channels are not unusual. The Obama administration and other past administration have used them—and yes, they’ve mostly been conducted in secret. Should we have a special counsel look into that as well? All of this noise feeds into the ongoing drama over whether Trump officials colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.

On the ABC’s This Week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that back channels are acceptable and normal functions of diplomacy. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has not only reiterated that there is no evidence of Russian collusion, but back channeling is a “long standing practice.”

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