The investigation continues and we may soon find out exactly what role former President Barack Obama may have played in the FBI plot to keep then-candidate Donald Trump from winning the election in 2016 or keeping him from taking office once he had won.

Recently-released documents prove that Obama knew that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia but that he allowed and encouraged the phony investigation to go forward. Obama also encouraged and facilitated the leaking of information to the press and, as late as early January 2017, Obama was looking to conceal his administration's role in all of this while at the same time encouraging his people to make life as miserable as possible for the incoming Trump administration.

It's too soon to say just yet whether Obama broke any laws in the process but it is certainly clear that he was looking to kneecap the newly-elected president, making it as difficult as possible for Trump to transition into the White House. But Obama may have been a part of a much larger plot to force Trump from office once he had taken the oath or to keep him from ever being sworn in at all.

The pieces of the puzzle are coming together slowly and certain things are coming into focus. At the very least, Obama was surrounded by a bunch of bad seeds who were attempting to execute a soft coup when they were unable to keep Trump from being elected. It is also possible that Obama was involved in the plot from the start and was sending in plays from the sidelines.

What happened to Trump should never happen to another candidate or duly-elected official. It's too important not to find out what happened and prosecute anyone who violated the laws as traitors to their country.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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