WASHINGTON — 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.
In the same chat, a tape of which was obtained by Yahoo News, Obama also lashed out at the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic 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 in a web talk with members of the Obama Alumni Association.
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Update #1: In leaked conversation Obama says US ‘rule of law’ at risk after Flynn case dropped — The Guardian
Update #2: bama Slams Dropping of Michael Flynn Case, Calls White House COVID-19 Response ‘Absolute Chaotic Disaster’: Report — Newsweek
Update #3: Obama blasts DOJ’s decision to drop Flynn case: ‘Rule of law is at risk’ — The Hill
WNU Editor: Transcripts that no one thought would ever see the light day are released by the House Intelligence Committee this past Thursday. And among the many bombshells that were disclosed was this one …. Declassified Documents Reveal That President Obama Knew Details Of Wiretapped Phone Calls Of Incoming Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (May 8, 2020). In short. President Obama knew the details of wiretaps on President Trump National Security Adviser. Or to put it more bluntly. His administration was listening in (and reporting to President Obama) details of conversations involving President Trump’s top national security adviser. The next question that then needs to be answered by the former President is this one. When did he know that President Trump’s top national security adviser’s conversations were being monitored, and why did he not stop it? The implications of President Obama using the intelligence agencies/Justice Department to spy on his opponent are huge, and I am sure the former President is aware of that.
So here is some of my speculation/analysis, and you tell me where I may be wrong (or right).
On Friday a conference phone call is quickly arranged between former President Obama and some of his closest allies to respond to Thursday’s House Intel document dump implicating the former President on Michael Flynn’s wiretaps. The next day former President Obama’s remarks are leaked, starting with the ‘rule of law is at risk’ in the Michael Flynn case. That leak made me raise my eyebrows. President Obama ran an administration on a very tight leash, and there were rarely any leaks. That is why I know this leak was deliberate, and this is the reason why. What former President Obama is doing right now is a deflection. With his accusation that President Trump’s response to the pandemic is chaotic to the Michael Flynn ruling puts the “rule at law at risk” …. what he wants right now is to change the narrative away from what was revealed on Thursday. And what is the narrative that he is trying to change? The monitoring of President Trump’s top intelligence adviser and his communications, and the role that the former President played in it. I could be wrong …. and I hope that I am. But my gut is telling me that we are going to learn more in the coming days/weeks/and months. That besides monitoring Trump officials like Carter Page during the campaign, the Obama administration were also monitoring other members of the Trump team. That this monitoring intensified after he had won the nomination, and increased even more so after he had won the election. Michael Flynn may just be the tip of a very big iceberg, and I think that is what President Trump has been alluding to in the past few weeks. So what is next? Former President Obama was startled with what he saw on Thursday, and he has now gone public in his attacks against President Trump. I am even willing to bet that we are going to see more of the former President than former Vice President Biden and presumed Democrat Presidential nominee in the coming weeks. Will the former President be successful? I am not sure. I am someone who never underestimated the former President. As a politician he is one of the best, and one of the most ruthless. These leaks tell me that he has made a decision to not stay on the sidelines, and that he is now going to do everything in his power to make sure that President Trump is defeated in November, and that any inquiry in his role on the spying of Trump administration officials is all buried in a Biden administration.