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The man who very likely had an oversight role in destroying former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s life actually said during a private call this week that letting him off the hook threatens “the rule of law.”
In a call with former members of his administration, Barack Obama not only criticized the Justice Department’s decision to drop its case against Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump’s top security consultant, but he blasted the administration’s coronavirus response as “an absolute chaotic disaster.”
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said during a talk with members of the Obama Alumni Association, according to a recording of the call leaked to Yahoo News.
“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. 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,” Obama said, incredulously. “And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
The former president then used the Flynn case as the impetus for ensuring that his scandal-plagued, acuity-challenged vice president, Joe Biden, needs to win in November.
“So I am hoping that all of you feel the same sense of urgency that I do,” he 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.”
In fact, Flynn was not charged with perjury, he was charged with making false statements to federal agents. But of course, we now know that those agents — Peter Strzok among them — conspired against Flynn in order to try and catch him in a statement they could construe as a ‘lie,’ so they could charge him or get him fired.
“Prosecutors also provided Flynn’s lawyers with a handwritten note from Jan. 24, 2017, in which Bill Priestap asked whether the goal of a Flynn interview was to get him to lie to the FBI,” The DCNF added.
So — what did Obama know about all of this and the general “Spygate” plot to infiltrate the 2016 Trump campaign and undermine his presidency after he won?
Well, let’s review.
We know, for instance, that fired FBI Director James Comey sent Strzok and Priestap to interview Flynn against protocol, in an attempt to catch the incoming Trump administration off-guard during the early chaotic days of transition.
We know it because Comey said so himself during an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. He also admitted that he never told Flynn why the agents were coming over, so Flynn didn’t have an attorney present because he didn’t know he was being interrogated.
We also know that Comey and the heads of the U.S. intelligence community and others all met with Obama and Biden in the Oval Office in early January 2017, ostensibly to discuss what information about “Russia” would be passed along to the Trump administration. That “Russia” operation, we know now as well, was the ‘Russia collusion’ narrative — “Crossfire Hurricane.”
As we reported Friday, Obama was likely made aware of phone calls between Flynn and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, according to newly released documents.
The January 5, 2017 meeting in which Sally Yates said she learned of Flynn-Kislyak call from President Obama himself–Susan Rice and VP Joe Biden were in that meeting, too, per Rice's famous memo-to-self. pic.twitter.com/6Wpdvkte0y
— Byron York (@ByronYork) May 7, 2020
“After the briefing, Obama dismissed the group but asked Yates and Comey to stay behind. Obama started by saying he had ‘learned of the information about Flynn’ and his conversation with Kislyak about sanctions,” a document noted.
“Obama specified 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,” it continued.
Finally, we know that Obama and Flynn had a falling out over the former’s idiotic pursuit of a ‘nuclear deal’ with Iran that involved paying off the murderous regime and did nothing long-term to prevent Tehran from eventually building atomic bombs. After firing Flynn as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Obama had him targeted once he joined the Trump campaign as an adviser.
For Obama to claim the “rule of law” is suffering after justice was finally delivered to a man whose life he ruined is as galling as it is disgusting.
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