Former President Barack Obama, talking privately to ex-members of his administration, said Friday that the “rule of law is at risk” in the wake of what he called an unprecedented move by the Justice Department to drop charges against former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
H/T: Yahoo News
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said in 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. 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.”
Barack Obama warns that “our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk” with DOJ’s Flynn move and says the US response to the coronavirus has been “an absolute chaotic disaster,” via @Isikoff https://t.co/hV6PdLsvih— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 9, 2020
President Obama is being quoted on Flynn, saying "There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free." It is a curious statement. First and foremost, Flynn was not charged with perjury... https://t.co/fWlSFWkp8S— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 9, 2020
Second, we now know Obama discussed charging Flynn under the Logan Act which has never been used successfully to convict anyone and is flagrantly unconstitutional. Third, this reaffirms reports that Obama was personally invested in this effort. Finally, there is precedent...— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 9, 2020
There is a specific rule allowing for this motion under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 48(a). There are specific Supreme Court cases like Rinaldi v. United States addressing the standard for such dismissals....— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 9, 2020
The Justice Department has dismissed cases in the past including the Stevens case.That was requested by President Obama's own Attorney General Eric Holder for the same reason: misconduct by prosecutors. It was done before the same judge, Judge Sullivan. How is that for precedent?— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 9, 2020
Jonathan Turley Rips Apart Obama’s ‘Leaked’ Statement About the DOJ and Flynn, and It’s Glorious https://t.co/hIspVV2eIV— RedState (@RedState) May 9, 2020
Obama complains the 'rule of law is at risk' after DOJ drops charges against Michael Flynn https://t.co/YeSS3iuTXX— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 9, 2020
The trail always led to Obama in the biggest scandal in the history of our country. #MikeFlynn’s case is now a lens that allows us to look into the full scope of the political weaponization of the Obama Executive branch. https://t.co/9Yj7OORAM6— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) May 9, 2020
Intel Officer Reveals How Obama Could Be The ‘First President In History’ Convicted Of This Crime | News Break https://t.co/pLw1B2crtS— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) May 9, 2020