With Democrats fraught with worry over reports of Russian tampering with the November presidential election, some GOP senators are calling for an investigation into other foreign election tampering — by the Obama Administration.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), David Perdue (R-GA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) have officially asked the new Secretary of State to investigate “credible reports” of U.S. tax money being used to pay off violent protesters to turn elections in several countries.
In a letter to Rex Tillerson, the senators claim that the Obama administration used USAID funds — tax dollars — to pay off “extreme and sometimes violent political activists” associated with George Soros’s Open Society groups to turn elections in Macedonia, Albania, Latin America, and Africa:
“Over the past few months, elected officials and political leaders of foreign nations have been coming to me with disappointing news and reports of U.S. activity in their respective countries. This includes reports of diplomats playing political favorites, USAID funds supporting extreme and sometimes violent political activists, and the U.S. government working to marginalize the moderates and conservatives in leadership roles.”
Senator Mike Lee has previously contended that the meddling even resulted in switched election days in Macedonia.
The letter says the meddling undermines an ally:
“The destabilizing effects of such actions in a NATO country are clear, and the threat for further escalation eminent as Albania anticipates parliamentary elections later this year."
The Washington Times reports that a previous investigation into Obama election tampering showed that the former president used $350,000 in tax money to bankroll political consultants, with ties to Obama, to support the leftist candidate and defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 Israeli election.
The Times reports that investigation also found that the U.S. diplomats destroyed email evidence of the anti-Netanyahu operation.