Obama Says Flynn Case Puts Rule Of Law At Risk


Former President Barack Obama has positively unloaded on the Trump administration. Among other things, audio leaked from a private has 44 saying the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic is an "absolute chaotic disaster."

Obama said the health crisis would have been a challenge for even the best of governments, but that the current government's mindset of being "selfish, tribal and seeing others as the enemy" has made it even worse. But that’s not all. He’s also less than thrilled with the Department of Justice’s decision to drop the prosecution of Michael Flynn. He calls the move ‘unprecedented.’ Thing is? It’s not exactly.

During the call, Obama says, "there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free." For one, Flynn wasn’t charged with perjury. But also, as journalist Jonathan Turley points out, little more than a decade ago, his Attorney General Eric Holder used the same logic – prosecutorial misconduct and failure to provide exculpatory evidence – in the case against former Republican Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

Stevens’ conviction was ultimately dismissed in April 2009 by Judge Emmet Sullivan — the same judge who presided over Flynn’s case.

Source: Washington Post