While the investigation against President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign is trucking on, reports have mounted that the FBI actively helped Hillary Clinton’s campaign on election night.
Last week it was discovered that the FBI monitored supposed “fake news” put online by Russia on election night, but now at least one person close to the investigation into the matter has said the online monitoring stood “on the edge of Constitutional legality.”
CNN reported Friday that the FBI set up a command center of sorts to monitor Russian “fake news” activity on social media on the day of the election, saying that “dozens of agents and analysts” gathered at the command center, which was located at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., “watching for security threats, according to multiple sources.”
According to CNN, the FBI’s efforts “included analysts monitoring cyber threats.” The FBI justified the action by citing the “months of mounting Russian intrusions targeting every part of the U.S. political system, from political parties to policy think-tanks to state election systems.”
And the FBI wasn’t even the only federal body involved in to collusion with the Clinton campaign. The Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence held conference calls with the FBI on three-hour intervals to discuss the operation.
The sources close to the investigation worry that the federal government’s involvement could have violated First Amendment protections on free speech.
“We were monitoring news,” the source said, saying he and his counterparts were “right on the edge of Constitutional legality.”
Despite the expansive and potentially illegal endeavor, only a couple minor issues were discovered in Georgia and Alaska.
These revelations prove that the Democrats were ready to blame Russia for the outcome of the election before it even happened. Nevertheless, FBI officials congratulated themselves at the end of the day.
A report on the election day operation said that “one Obama White House official responded to the messages of congratulations with the opposite view.”
That official said the bureau’s response to the operation was “a failure of imagination.”
“Are you kidding?” the official said, according to the report. “What they did worked!”
All together, it seems clear that former President Barack Obama’s administration called in the FBI to monitor what they thought was “fake news” on election day, and clearly at least one of the officials involved thought enough hadn’t been done to support their candidate.