Real justice isn’t just about punishing bad people for crimes. Justice also means that when an innocent person is falsely accused, they are able to clear their name in a court of law and not be punished. Retired General Mike Flynn received justice when the DOJ announced that it was dropping its farce of a case against him, at long last.
It was proven that FBI agents framed Flynn and tricked him into misstating some factoid during an interview, so they could charge him with lying. But Gen. Flynn received justice – and Barack Obama is not happy about it.
Obama has apparently been running strategy for his former inner circle of dorks for years. He regularly holds group internet calls with a bunch of people called the Obama Alumni Association. We can probably guess who’s in that group.
Anyway, after the DOJ dropped the case against Flynn, the Obama Alumni Association held one of these calls and what Obama had to say about Flynn was just so insightful that it had to be leaked to the media!
It’s also interesting to note that Obama (or someone) leaked the contents of the call to Michael Issikoff at Yahoo News – the same guy who kept receiving all of the phony leaks about Carter Page that the FBI used as “evidence” to obtain FISA warrants against him.
Anyway, here’s what Obama told his “alumni association” after the DOJ dropped the case against Flynn:
“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed – about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn.”
Oh, yeah! The media really downplayed that story. The Flynn story was just choked out by all the other less-important news that was happening. That right-wing media bias was at it again, playing down the story. The media was doing puff pieces on how awesome Attorney General Bill Barr is, while he let a criminal like Mike Flynn walk free. What? Doesn’t everyone else remember it being covered that way?
“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.”
Constitutional law professor Obama says there’s no precedent that anyone can find for someone charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. It’s never happened before!
I’m not a big constitutional law professor like Barack Obama, but my dictionary says that perjury is what you get charged with when you lie to a court after you swear an oath to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.”
Gen. Flynn was charged with a count of lying to a federal investigator. He wasn’t sworn in. He didn’t take an oath to tell the truth during the FBI’s set-up interview. That was the whole point! He didn’t even know that he was under investigation and his rights had not been read to him.
And as for the “no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free…” Again, I haven’t pored over any case history, but just off the top of my head, Professor Obama might want to ask his buddy Bill Clinton about that particular area of the law. Just sayin’.
And is there “no precedent” for the Department of Justice dropping a case against a person when prosecutorial misconduct has been exposed? Actually, here’s a case that I was personally neck-deep in, in which the DOJ dropped the charges against the accused: Former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK).
The FBI under Robert Mueller falsely charged Sen. Stevens with taking bribes because he had his modest cabin in Alaska remodeled. The guy who did the remodeling was going to prison for sex crimes and lied about Stevens, claiming he had under-billed the Senator for the work. That deliberate miscarriage of justice was carried out four months before the 2008 election, in order to prevent Stevens from being reelected and to give the Democrats a narrow one-vote majority in the US Senate.
After being found guilty of “accepting bribes” at trial, it was later discovered that the whole thing was predicated on a lie. Prosecutors were reprimanded for withholding exculpatory evidence from Stevens’ lawyers, and Stevens was fully exonerated (after he had lost his Senate seat). The Department of Justice could have attempted to re-try the case, but it dropped the case. Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder was the one who dropped the case. Holder must not have been on the Obama Alumni Association call, otherwise he probably would have jumped in to correct his “wingman.”
One last observation about this “leaked” Obama conversation. Obama really seems personally invested in this whole Mike Flynn thing, doesn’t he? You almost get the sense that the whole Russian collusion torpedo is starting to circle back around on him.