🚨 POLL: Should Obama testify for his role in the unmasking of Gen. Flynn?
As we previously reported, former President Obama criticized President Trump last week when audio leaked of a private phone call.
This week Obama is doing it again, but more publicly. Obama took shot at Trump and officials in charge of responding to the coronavirus, according to Fox News.
The comments came during a two-hour event for students graduating from historically black colleges and universities that was broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Obama spoke on “Show Me Your Walk, HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] Edition.”
“More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama said.
Obama added that “a lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”
“This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” Obama continued. “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life.”
Obama has revealed that he will be “spending as much time as necessary and campaigning as hard as I can” for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts.
Although Obama didn’t directly name President Trump, he has previously criticized the administration’s response as plagued by selfishness.
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President Trump wrote to Twitter on Saturday that Democrats and the media were inaccurately portraying his administration’s response.
“We’ve done a GREAT job on Covid response, making all Governors look good, some fantastic (and that’s OK), but the Lamestream Media doesn’t want to go with that narrative, and the Do Nothing Dems talking point is to say only bad about ‘Trump’. I made everybody look good, but me!” he tweeted.
We’ve done a GREAT job on Covid response, making all Governors look good, some fantastic (and that’s OK), but the Lamestream Media doesn’t want to go with that narrative, and the Do Nothing Dems talking point is to say only bad about “Trump”. I made everybody look good, but me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2020
On a private phone call, which was later obtained by Yahoo News, former President Barack Obama said the “rule of law is at risk” in response to the Department of Justice dropping its criminal charges against retired Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said.
The discussion was during a virtual call with the Obama Alumni Association.
Obama continued, “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.”
Obama also criticized Trump’s handling of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, calling it an “absolute chaotic disaster.”
Obama suggested on the call that he would campaign vigorously for the presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden.
“This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party,” the former president said.
“What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life,” he added. “That’s 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.”
Exclusive: Obama, in private talk with ex-aides, says "the rule of law is at risk" in Flynn case and calls Trump response to pandemic an "absolute chaotic disaster." Listen to the tape: https://t.co/HUOXFvPI1m
— Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff) May 9, 2020
More from Breitbart:
During his remarks on Flynn, Obama erroneously said the former White House national security advisor pleaded guilty to perjury. Rather, he was charged for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) about his contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during President Trump’s transition period. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 as part of then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into now-debunked collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. In January, the Justice Department changed its sentencing recommendation for Flynn from probation to six months in jail, prompting the former Trump official to withdraw his guilty plea, citing prosecutors breaking their plea agreement…
Obama’s comments regarding Flynn come after newly released documents show the former president was aware of the details of Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 telephone calls with Kislyak…
The documents from the government’s motion to dismiss their case against Flynn show, however, that at a January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting 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 “stay behind.”
Obama told them he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Kislyak, where they discussed sanctions his administration had levied against Russia. (A memo penned by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice also showed that Biden stayed behind as well.)
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.”
The Justice Department’s Thursday decision to drop its case against Flynn comes after handwritten notes written by FBI officials questioned whether the “goal” was “to get [the Trump official] to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
Ahead of the filing’s release, prosecutor Brandon Van Grack moved to withdraw from the case.
In an interview with CBS News, Attorney General William Barr defended the decision, saying he was “doing the law’s bidding’
“A crime cannot be established here. They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage,” Barr said in reference to the FBI.