Why wasn't Obama charged?
Flynn case ended despite false statements : Former President Obama sees the rule of law at risk
Former President Barack Obama has sharply criticized the US Department of Justice for its decision to drop the lawsuit against former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Obama commented on this during a web conversation with members of the Obama Alumni Association, as reported by Yahoo News and the news portal Business Insider.
Obama said in the interview: "There is no precedent that can be found for someone who has been charged with perjury and just gets away with it."
However, the 44th US President was wrong with Flynn's offense - he was not charged with perjury, but with false statements.
"That's the kind of thing you start to worry about"
The US Department of Justice filed a motion last Thursday to drop the charges against Flynn. They are "not convinced that the interrogation of January 24, 2017 was conducted on a legitimate investigative basis and therefore do not believe that Flynn's statements were of any content, even if they are untrue."
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The case brought forward by special adviser Robert Mueller is therefore to be dismissed. The argument: FBI agents had no justified reason to question the then national security advisor about his talks with the Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
The motion came after US Attorney General William Barr hired an independent prosecutor to review the Flynn case. The Associated Press reported that Trump-appointed prosecutor Jeff Jensen recently recommended referring the case to Barr.
"In the course of my review of General Flynn's case, I came to the conclusion that it was the right and fair way to dismiss the case," Jensen said in a statement. The Justice Department's decision stunned judicial experts, while Trump and his allies were delighted with the news.
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Obama reportedly commented on this twist on the web talk with harsh criticism of the judiciary: “This is the kind of thing that makes you worry about basic - not just institutional - norms - but our basic understanding of the rule of law is in danger. "
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Flynn was only in office for 23 days and had to resign as US President Trump's security advisor in February 2017. Flynn later admitted, in the course of the investigation into possible Russian influence on the US presidential election in 2016, that he lied to the FBI. Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying when he gave a statement to the FBI in January of that year about his contacts with the Russian ambassador.
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He is also said to have lied to Vice President Mike Pence on the matter. Trump himself wrote on Twitter in December 2017 that he had to fire Flynn for lying to the FBI and Pence.
In the web talk, Obama criticized the Flynn case as well as the Trump administration and its handling of the corona pandemic. "Egoism, nepotism, division and the fact that others are viewed as enemies - that has become a strong impetus in the USA and internationally."
The ex-president therefore wants to work hard to ensure that his former vice president Joe Biden wins the election as the new US president in November 2020: "We have to do it." (Tsp)
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