President Barack Obama can be heard bemoaning the dismissal of criminal charges against former three-star General and White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in new leaked audio, claiming that the decorated veteran “got off scot-free” after the criminal case was blown up by new revelations of FBI misconduct.
During the leaked call, which Yahoo News published, President Obama bemoaned Flynn’s Pardon to the Obama Alumni Association. He claimed the cessation of flimsy criminal proceedings against Flynn represented a grave danger to the rule of law, and claimed the case highlighted the importance of the 2020 election.
“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. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
Listen to Obama’s remarks here.
The former President seems dismissive of the reality that hard misconduct at the highest levels of the January 2017 Flynn investigation was exposed within federal law enforcement. Elements of the FBI and intelligence community began a rogue operation to entrap the incoming White House National Security Advisor, who was conducting outreach to world leaders such as Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak at the time. Flynn was ultimately charged with lying to the FBI, and was never charged with violations of the Logan Act, which forbid private citizens from conducting negotiation with foreign governments.
Obama went on to slam President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, monday-morning quarterbacking and stating a neoliberal government could prove more effective in deterring the disease.
President Trump Says He “Has a Chance to Break the Deep State” In Sunday Interview
Trump believes he’s making progress in overthrowing the bureaucrats.
President Donald Trump expressed his belief that his administration is on the verge of defeating the so-called deep state in a Sunday interview, confirming that the undemocratic bureaucratic entity is on the ropes. Trump was speaking with Full Measure’s Sharyl Atkisson, in a show that was simulcasted across local news networks across the country.
Atkisson asked the President about the job performance of Ric Grenell, the former Ambassador to Germany recently appointed as the acting Director of National Intelligence. Trump pointed to Grenell as an administration official who has been crucial in restoring real democratic, executive branch oversight of the so-called intelligence community- an element of the federal government notorious for political corruption and anti-Trump bias.
“I’m exposing the swamp… If it keeps going the way it’s going, I have a chance to break the deep state. It’s a vicious group of people. It’s very bad for our country. And that’s never happened before.”
Grenell recently stripped the FBI of the responsibility of providing national security intelligence briefings, reassigning the duty to an agency without the agency’s toxic political track record.
President Trump also disagreed with a suggestion during the interview that the coronavirus pandemic is akin to the 9/11 attacks, pointing to the global pandemic as an event that affected 186 countries, not merely the United States. When asked about the federal response to the pandemic, Trump stood by his decision to recommend wide-ranging restrictions to deter the spread of the disease, stating that he believes the coronavirus state of emergency orders saved “hundreds of thousands of lives.”
The President also rejected a study from Columbia University making the tenuous claim that an alternative coronavirus containment plan would’ve lessened the blunt of the pandemic, calling the school “a liberal, disgraceful institution.”
View the interview in its entirety here.
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