Evelyn Farkas, a former Obama administration official who previously encouraged congressional officials to gather evidence of alleged collusion between President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, said she “knew” that there was additional such information, admitted that she did not knew such information in a 2017 interview with congressional investigators.
Transcripts of dozens of such interviews were released on Thursday by the House Intelligence Committee.
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Farkas, who previously served as Deputy Defense Minister for Russia / Ukraine / Eurasia, said on MSNBC in 201
She went on to say she was concerned “the Trump people, if they found out how we know what we know about them, the employees, the Trump employees who deal with Russians, that they would try compromising these sources and methods, which means we wouldn’t. ” I was very worried because not enough came out and I knew there was more.
“We have very good information about Russia, so I had spoken to some of my former colleagues and knew that they were also trying to get information up the hill.”
However, the tranche of transcripts from the House Intelligence Committee interviews 2017-2018 showed that several senior Obama officials, including Farkas, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, all said , they had or knew no hard evidence of an agreement between Trump and Russia.
Farkas’ interview with the committee took place just a few months after her comments on MSNBC.
“I didn’t know anything,” Farkas replied to a question from the representative at the time. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Asked how she would have known about the Obama administration’s information about Trump-Russia agreements if it had stopped working for the U.S. government. Farkas left the Obama administration in 2015.
“Then how did you know?” Gowdy replied.
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“I didn’t know anything,” Farkas repeated.
“Well then why would you say we knew?” Said Gowdy.
“Well, if you found out how we knew that -” continued Farkas before apparently being cut off by Gowdy when the two of them talked about Farkas’ use of the term “we” and their use of the term “if” in one occasion There was an answer to describe the possibility that there was an agreement between Russia and the Trump campaign team.
“You didn’t know if anyone worked with Russia on the Trump campaign or not, did you?” Gowdy asked later and got to the point.
“I haven’t,” said Farkas.
The federalist was the first to report Farkas’ reversal between her comments on MSNBC and in front of the House Intelligence Committee, and the story led to a Twitter spit between Farkas, who is now running for New York Congress, and Donald Trump Jr.
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“On TV she said sh[e] but it did … Under oath, Evelyn Farkas admitted that she never had any evidence, “Trump tweeted ..” All of these clowns did the same thing. Where’s the accountability? “
“If that’s what you say, I especially love it in November,” Farkas replied, citing comments that Trump Jr. made in a summer 2016 email that was part of a conversation about Russian source Hillary Clinton to pollute.
“@DonaldTrumpJr wants accountability? Send me to Congress and let’s give him something,” she continued.