Obama Warns ‘Rule of Law Is at Risk’ After Flynn Charges Dropped
Former President Barack Obama in Friday stated the ârule of law is at riskâ according to the Department of Justice shedding its criminal charges against retiredÂ Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, in accordance with an audio call obtained byÂ Yahoo News.
âThe news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed â about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,âÂ Obama said after a virtual discussion with members of the Obama Alumni Association. âThe fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. Thatâs the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic â not just institutional norms â 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 weâve seen in other places.â
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During his remarks in Flynn, Obama erroneously said often the former White House national protection advisor pleaded guilty to perjury. Rather, he was charged to get lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) about the contacts withÂ then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during President Trumpâs transition time period. Â Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 as an ingredient of then-special counselÂ Robert Muellerâs investigation into now-debunked collusion involving the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. In January, the Justice Department changed its sentencing professional recommendation for FlynnÂ from probation to half a dozen months in jail, prompting often the former Trump official toÂ withdraw hisÂ guilty plea, citing prosecutors breaking their very own plea agreement.
Obama belittled the Trump administrationâs handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, mentioning it as an âabsolute chaotic disaster.â
Obama also mentioned the value of the presidential political election in November, vowing to campaignÂ vigorously for your presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden, who served as the vp.
âThis election thatâs coming up on every level is so important because what weâre going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,â the ex – president said. âWhat weâre fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy â that has become a stronger impulse in American life.â
âThatâs why, I, by the way, am going to be spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can for Joe Biden,â he / she added.
Obamaâs comments relating to Flynn come afterÂ newly released paperwork show the former presidentÂ was knowledgeable of the details ofÂ Flynnâs intercepted December 2016 phone calls along with Kislyak.
Breitbart News described:
TheÂ documentsÂ from the governmentâs motion to disregard their case against Flynn indicate, however, that at a January 5, 2017, Oval Office appointment with then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Obama had asked Comey and Yates to âstay behind.â
Obama told all of them he had âlearned of the information about Flynnâ and the conversation with Kislyak, where these people discussed sanctions his administration experienced levied against Russia. Â (A idiota penned by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice also showed the fact that Biden stayed behind as effectively. )
Obama âspecified 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.â
The Justice Departmentâs Thursday decision to lower its case against Flynn arrives after handwritten notes written by way of FBI officials questioned whether often the âgoalâ was âto get [the Trump official] to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.â
Ahead of the filingâs release, prosecutor Brandon Van Grack moved to withdrawÂ from the case.
In a good interview withÂ CBS News, Attorney General William Barr defended the judgement, saying he was âdoing often the lawâs biddingâ? *******************************************)
âA crime cannot be established here. They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage,â Barr said in relation to the FBI.
âPeople sometimes plead to things that turn out not to be crimes,â he added.
President Trump praised the DOJâs judgement, callingÂ Flynn an âinnocent man,â and some sort of âgreat gentleman.â
âHe was targeted by theÂ ObamaÂ administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president,â the president stated. Â âI hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price, because theyâre dishonest, crooked people. Theyâre scum, and I say it a lot, theyâre scum, theyâre human scum. This should never have happened in this country.â