Obama: “Rule of Law Is at Risk” After DOJ Drops Flynn Case
Written by Luis Miguel
Former President Barack Obama declared that the “rule of law is at risk” in response to the Department of Justice’s decision to end its case against Michael Flynn, even as new information has emerged about what Obama knew about Flynn in the final days of his administration.
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” said Obama during a web talk with members of the Obama Alumni Association.
“And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” Yahoo News quoted him as saying. “That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
The former president used Flynn as a reason for why former government officials should support Joe Biden for president in November.
“So I am hoping that all of you feel the same sense of urgency that I do,” Obama said. “Whenever I campaign, I’ve always said, ‘Ah, this is the most important election.’ Especially obviously when I was on the ballot, that always feels like it’s the most important election. This one — I’m not on the ballot — but I am pretty darn invested. We got to make this happen.”
The 44th president cited Flynn’s case an example of “selfish” trends in the current administration that has resulted in the United States’ COVID-19 response being “anemic and spotty.”
As even Yahoo News notes, the former president incorrectly described the charges against Flynn, who was not charged with perjury. Rather, the former national security advisor pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his communications with the Russian ambassador during the transition period between the Obama and Trump administrations.
Flynn’s legal team has long argued that the FBI wanted to trap Flynn by getting him to commit perjury. This accusation against the bureau was validated this week upon the release of memos showing FBI officials debating among themselves about whether to interview Flynn so as to get him to lie and then prosecute him, or to get him to “admit to breaking the Logan Act” — an obscure federal law that prohibits non-government officials from claiming to represent the United States.
Evidence suggests that Obama wanted to sabotage Flynn’s career: Per newly released declassified interview transcripts, Obama warned the Trump administration against hiring Flynn, saying he was “not a fan” of the Army lieutenant general-turned Defense Intelligence Agency director.
Per the documents, Obama told then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and then-FBI Director James Comey early in 2017 that he had “learned of the information about Flynn” related to his conversation with the Russian ambassador about sanctions on the foreign nation.
Obama “specified that 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.”
The documents then reveal that “Yates had no idea what the president was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act, but can’t recall if he specified there was an ‘investigation.’ Comey did not talk about prosecution in the meeting.”
The account continues: “It was not clear to Yates from where the President first received the information. Yates did not recall Comey’s response to the President’s question about how to treat Flynn. She was so surprised by the information she was hearing that she was having a hard time processing it and listening to the conversation at the same time.”
In the Flynn case, remember, he spoke with Russian officials about potential problems that the Trump administration would be facing upon coming into office. And even before the FBI interviewed Flynn to try to get him to lie, the FBI was already in possession the taped conversation with the Russians, as the FBI had been bugging his phone, and the FBI had already cleared him of any wrongdoing in the call. Yet agents tried to get him to lie anyway. The Flynn news has raised the question of whether President Trump will remove FBI Director Christopher Wray as he removed his predecessor, James Comey.
The president has said that “the jury’s still out” on Wray’s future at the bureau, but that he would leave the decision in the hands of Attorney General William Barr.
Barr has signaled that his confidence in Wray has not been shaken by revelations about the Flynn case. “You know, he’s been a great partner to me in our effort to restore the American people’s confidence in both the Department of Justice and the FBI,” Barr said of the FBI chief. “And we work very well together. And I think both of us know that we have to step up. That it’s very important to restore the American people’s confidence.”
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American