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Rep. Schiff: Trump Will Always Blame Obama

| by Ray Brown

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California criticized President Donald Trump for criticizing former President Barack Obama.

"I'm confident of this, Chuck: On the last day of the Trump administration, Trump will be blaming Obama for something," Schiff told MSNBC's Chuck Todd, according to The Hill.

"Evidently, the policy of this administration is the buck stops with Barack Obama. So that I think we can be confident of," he added.

Schiff was responding to a question regarding White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who said that some criticism over Trump's former national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, should be directed towards Obama because Flynn was granted security clearance while Obama was still in office.

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"Why would you rerun a background check on someone who was the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance?" Spicer asked reporters, according to The Hill.

Flynn is currently under investigation by various government agencies, including the Pentagon, for accepting a payment from the Russian government to speak at an event in Moscow.

Although the speaking arrangement was done through Leading Authorities, a Washington D.C. public speaker agency that handles several former government and military officials, including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, which has listed fees to speak in other countries, there is concern over whether Flynn followed Pentagon protocols prior to accepting the payment.

The Flynn situation is the latest update in the long-running narrative that the Russian government hijacked the 2016 presidential election to defeat Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump.

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Although Schiff has been a leading proponent of the theory that Clinton lost because Russia allegedly meddled in the election by releasing Democratic National Committee emails, despite the fact that Clinton was under FBI investigation for not disclosing emails during her time as Secretary of State long before the DNC hack, he has recently admitted that there is not much evidence to prove it happened.

"I don't think we can say anything definitively at this point," Schiff told CNN, according to Fox News. "We are still at the very early stage of the investigation. The only thing I can say is that it would be irresponsible for us not to get to the bottom of this."

Although Schiff concedes there is no definitive evidence to link Trump and Russia, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California created a page on his congressional website titled "Connecting the Trump-Russia Dots" to promote the theory.

Sources: The Hill (2), CNN via Fox News, Rep. Eric Swalwell / Photo Credit: Adam Schiff/Twitter

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