McConnell tells Obama to 'keep his mouth shut' after Trump criticism

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Essentially, Obamagate theorizes that former President Barack Obama and his administration used their final weeks in power to sabotage the incoming Trump administration, including national security adviser Michael Flynn. McConnell bashed Obama, and said he "should have kept his mouth shut".

McConnell made the remark during a campaign live stream even with Lara Trump, President Trump's campaign adviser and daughter-in-law. "You were there for eight years". "I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition", McConnell added.

"It would have been bad even with the best of governments".

"It's been going on for a long time", he said.

But Grenell's decision to declassify and potentially release the names of Obama officials suggests that the Trump administration may treat intelligence gathered by the federal government - and its own powers to reveal portions of the picture - as fair game in the election year.

Obama also said the response to the coronavirus pandemic had been "an absolute chaotic disaster". "The fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free", Obama said in the leaked audio of the phone call.

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When asked at a news conference on Monday what crime he was accusing Obama of committing and whether he thought the Justice Department should prosecute the former president, even Trump himself seemed a little fuzzy on the details.

Trump has not clarified what crimes he thinks Obama committed, but he told reporters Monday that "the crime is very obvious to everybody".

"So many at the higher echelons within the Obama administration knew that this wasn't going anywhere and was a joke, and yet it kept continuing forward and we deserve to know why", Hogan said.

Trump recently turned up his attacks on Obama, accusing him of running the "most corrupt administration in US history" and describing what he calls "Obamagate" as making the Watergate scandal "look small time". "All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours", he said.

Mr Flynn himself admitted as much, and became a key cooperator for Mr Mueller as he investigated ties between Russian Federation and the 2016 Trump campaign. Biden leads Trump in key swing states and national polling and McConnell is also presiding over a Senate majority that now looks increasingly at risk as Republican popularity dips.

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