Former President Barack Obama claimed in a private phone call last week that the “rule of law is at risk” following the Justice Department’s decision to drop the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Yahoo News reported. Obama said:
“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,” Obama continued, “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.”
It seems Obama forgot all about when one of his own generals, a “favorite general,” not only was convicted of perjury but wins a pardon from Obama himself.
The Hill – Flashback to January 17, 2017, when then-President Obama, pardoned retired Gen. James Cartwright, the former vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was accused of lying to the FBI about his conversations with reporters regarding U.S. efforts to cripple Iran’s nuclear program.
Cartwright pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of making false statements during the FBI’s investigation into leaks about the government’s role in a highly classified operation known as Operation Olympic Games. The clandestine effort – untaken with Israel – deployed a computer virus known as Stuxnet that destroyed Iranian centrifuges used in creating nuclear fuel.
New York Times journalist David Sanger exposed the operation in 2012, sparking the federal investigation that led to Cartwright. According to the government’s sentencing memo, when investigators interviewed Cartwright about Sanger’s reporting in November 2013, he lied about his discussions with Sanger and Daniel Klaidman, who wrote a Newsweek article focused on cyberattacks against Iran.
Agents then showed Cartwright an email exchange that contradicted his statements. Cartwright explained that he did not recall Klaidman asking about the matter, but then stated, “I think I divulged classified information.” He additionally took off his glasses, started rubbing his eyes, and told interviewing agents, “You got me,” when confronted with his contradicting statements.
It should be noted the Flynn never was charged with perjury. Furthermore, the investigators’ treatment of Flynn, as described in a memo filed with the court by Flynn’s lawyers, looks like a textbook case of unethical entrapment. Hence, any comparison of the Flynn case when juxtaposed to what Obama did in the Cartwright case is laughable. Obama, it appears to have a hand in the whole Flynn episode. Learn more in the following video:
Obama regularly referred to himself as “a constitutional law professor,” most famously at a March 30, 2007, fundraiser when he said, “I was a constitutional law professor, which means, unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.” I suppose Obama feels the same way about President Trump. In Obama’s constitution, it is “rule of law for thee, but not for me.”
Could it be Obama is panicking, realizing that the walls are closing in on him with #ObamaGate? -needing to spam a contrary narrative to save his embattled legacy? Even mainstream media is catching a whiff of the same thing. Tic Toc, Tic Toc, Tic Toc …