During a recent interview, Ben Rhodes, former advisor and deputy of national security to Barack Obama, distanced himself from the investigation into then-candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, which originated during the Obama administration.
“Literally, I learned about the investigation into Trump as a private citizen in the freaking Washington Post,” said Rhodes, who said he only saw the now-infamous dossier “at the very end of 2017.”
“We weren’t, like, involved in commissioning the dossier,” said Rhodes. “We learned about it when it was in the report that was appended to the report that went to Congress, at the end of the administration.”
With the conclusion of the Mueller report, and the vindication of President Trump, many Republicans and the president, himself, have increasingly sought to probe the origins of the collusion investigation, leaving Rhodes and other Obama-era officials shaken.