Former President Barack Obama found himself in deep trouble earlier this year when it was revealed just what an extensive surveillance operation he had been running through the federal government against some of its citizens, including Donald Trump before he entered the White House.
Many have expressed concerns that Obama is now running a “shadow government,” despite the fact that he is now a private citizen. He and Michelle just bought a mansion in Washington, D.C. not far from the White House and has stated his intention to remain in the city for the next few years, which is irregular for a former President. Seeing this and the surveillance operation that Obama formerly ran, Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy just took action to effectively neuter Obama’s shadow government.
Obama ran his surveillance program through the National Security Agency, an organization where Obama reportedly still has many allies despite the change in the White House. Congressman Gowdy told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that he is going to stop the NSA from running these programs.
Stated Gowdy to Bill, “We’re not going to reauthorize these surveillance programs if the American people are not satisfied that their security is not going to be safeguarded.”
Trey detailed just how deeply Obama had abused these programs, saying, “This unmasking. That is a privilege to be able to request that a U.S. person’s name be unmasked. I want to know who’s making the request [and] what is the evidentiary basis of that request? And if it’s late in your tenure – like the day before you leave office – that should send off alarms and sirens in your head as to why that person did it.”