Thanks to the tireless work of Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, undeniable evidence that the Obama Administration and the FBI purposefully leaked information to the press on Paul Manafort in order to influence public opinion against the Trump campaign is no longer hidden away from public eyes.
Why did the Obama Administration do this? So that the AP reporters could help them push the narrative that the Trump campaign was collding with Russian officials, thus turning the public against Donald Trump and his campaign.
Judicial Watch was able to obtain two batches of FBI documents that detail the April 11, 2017, “off-the-record” meeting between then-Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section Andrew Weissmann, and the FBI, and several Associated Press reporters.
If the name Andrew Weissman looks familiar, its because just two months later, Special Counselor Robert Mueller would hire him for his team to investigate President Trump. Talk about a conflict of interest and a legitimate bias against the President.
A different set of documents release by Judicial Watch this past May, showed Weissman was the go-to guy for appointing the anti-Trump investigators. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “These documents show Andrew Weissmann, an anti-Trump activist, had a hand in hiring key members of Mueller’s team – who also happened to be political opponents of President Trump.”
In the FBI write-up of the April 11 meeting, the FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) explained the purpose of the meeting was to obtain documents from AP that were related to its reporter’s investigative reports on Paul Manafort.
AP reporter revealed during that meeting they had located a storage facility that belonged to Manafort and then provided the FBI with the numeric passcode for the locker.
In the FBI write-up, the AP reporters pushed for criminal prosecution of Manafort saying, “AP believes Manafort is in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, in that Manafort send [sic] internal U. S. documents to officials in Ukraine. AP has documentation proving this …”
The documents release to the public by Judicial Watch were made available in its lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-00879) after the FBI refused to respond to a July 5, 2018, FOIA.
It was while working for Mueller that Weissman became known as the architect of the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.” Like everything else in the Mueller investigation, the case against Manafort provided no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russian operatives.
Though the meeting in question had the specific aim of leveraging Manafort’s dealing in Ukraine to further the collusion narrative, Manafort’s later conviction was for unrelated charges.
The Conservative Daily Post wrote of Weissman’s campaign to bring down Manafort as one former federal prosecutor described it, “textbook Weissmann terrorism.”
That fact that the AP provided information to the Obama White House about Paul Manafort marks a sad day for the once premiere provider of unbiased hard news.
The Media Research Center shows that, despite the fact they consistently deny it, journalists overwhelmingly lean to the left. Add to that list the AP.