Forget anything that has happened up to this point in relation to the Obama administration and a possible Trump administration investigation.
While we may never know for sure if the Obama administration was watching the Trump campaign in the months leading up to the election, we may well find out that the Obama team does have a history of meddling in elections.
A group of six Republican Senators has asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to begin an investigation into possible malfeasance by the Obama administration, focusing on whether or not the administration spent money to influence foreign elections. Specifically, the Senators charge that the evidence seems to show that Obama directed taxpayer dollars to “extreme and sometimes violent political activists” in an effort to push those nations further to the left. They also name George Soros’ Open Society Foundations as one of the groups that seemed to profit most from the Obama administrations big international spending.
This investigation may prove fruitful as the Senators have spent months collecting information from politicians and diplomats from around the world, all of whom told their American colleagues that the Obama administration was influencing their countries in a “counterproductive” manner, by giving to these extremist groups. The letter outlines examples both specific and general and requests that Tillerson launch a cull-fledged investigation into how taxpayer dollars are being used abroad.
The lawmakers disclosed multiple conversations with foreign diplomats who outlined active political meddling by the Obama administration’s State Department, including the use of taxpayer funds to support leftist causes in Macedonia, Albania, Latin America, and Africa…
“Over the past few months, elected officials and political leaders of foreign nations have been coming to me with disappointing news and reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries,” Lee said in a statement. “This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the U.S. government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles.”
“This sort of political favoritism from our missions around the world is unacceptable and endangers our bilateral relationships,” he said.
The senators are seeking an investigation that would review “all funds associated with promoting democracy and governance and review the programs, accounts, and multiplicity of U.S. entities involved in such activities.”
Such an investigation could shed light on the distribution of taxpayer funds to organizations and causes meant to instigate left-leaning political change abroad.