Bette Midler says Trump is 'mentally ill' to call for 'Obamagate' probe when 80,000 people are dead in US
Bette Midler has slammed President Donald Trump, saying he's "mentally ill" for calling an investigation into the involvement of Obama-era officials who played a role in the apparent "unmasking" of his former NSA Michael Flynn at a time when COVID-19 has ravaged the United States.
“80,000 people are DEAD. 36 MILLION out of work. Did you ever imagine in your wildest dreams that it could come to this? & what does this awful man do as our leader?” Midler tweeted Thursday evening. “He goes after his predecessor? Threatens to jail his opponent? America, face it! He’s mentally ill. He is unfit.”
Midler's comments came just a day after declassified list of Obama officials who had requested names to be “unmasked” between November 8, 2016, and January 31, 2017, was sent by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), according to Breitbart.
Among those included in the list were then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samatha Power, then-White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, as well as then-Vice President Joe Biden.
The Department of Justice dropped its criminal case against Flynn last Thursday after the Army general pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI regarding his communications with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. Recently revealed handwritten notes compiled by then FBI officials shows them asking whether the “goal” was “to get [Flynn] to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
Furthermore, it has also come to light that Obama was well aware of the details regarding Flynn’s intercepted calls with Kislyak - something that even surprised then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
However, documents from the government's motion to dismiss their case against Flynn indicated that during a January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting with Biden, Brennan, Clapper, then-FBI Director James Comey, Yates, the former president had ordered Comey and Yates to “stay behind.”
Obama reportedly told them he had “learned of the information about Flynn” in that he had discussed with Kislyak sanctions his administration had issued against Russia. Biden also "stayed behind" at the time, according to a memo penned by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Trump's predecessor “specified he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information," according to the outlet.
Last week, Obama said the decision to drop the case against Flynn meant the “rule of law is at risk.” Trump hit back at Obama last Thursday, telling Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that Flynn’s unmasking was “all” Obama and Biden.
“They weren’t after General Flynn — they wanted him to lie about me, make up a story,” he said. “And with few exceptions, nobody did that. There were many people, I watched K.T. McFarland the other day, I watched where she was, ‘knock-knock FBI,’ you know, the FBI, this was all Obama, this was all Biden."
“These people were corrupt, the whole thing was corrupt, and we caught them, we caught them," the president continued. "And what you saw just now, I watched Biden yesterday he could barely speak. He was on ‘Good Morning America’ right? He said he didn’t know anything about it, and now it just gets released right after he said that. It gets released that he was one of the unmaskers.”