It’s funny how some people suffer from selective memory loss, especially where it concerns comparisons to President Trump and the Democrats’ messiah, Barack Obama.
In the past few days, the usual suspects have come out harshly criticizing President Trump for comments he made against the severity of the sentencing of his former confidant, Roger Stone. The sentence that was recommended for Stone, 68 years of age, has been viewed by some as particularly harsh. It basically amounts to a virtual life sentence.
We all remember what happened back when Obama was president, when his Secretary of State Hillary (I Didn’t Lose) Clinton used an unsecured private email server for her official State Department communications. Obama said at the time that it may have been a “mistake” for Clinton to use the private server, however he added, “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.”
According to a story in the New York Times, the FBI was still in the middle of cataloging classified information from the server when Obama went on television and downplayed the whole thing.
“I don’t think it posed a national security problem,” Obama told CBS’s “60 Minutes. “This was not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”
Obama’s pre-emptive strike angered FBI agents, who had been working to try to determine if Clinton’s email setup had in fact risked national security, according to current and former law enforcement officials at the time.
While investigators hadn’t reached any conclusions about whether the server was compromised, or whether charges should be rendered, investigators believed that Obama had already decided the answers to their questions and cleared anyone involved of wrongdoing.
At the time, the White House tried to walk back Obama’s remarks, and said that he had not been trying to influence the investigation. Officials at the time believed that Obama was trying to influence the outcome of a continuing investigation.
Another example was in 2012, when he defended then-CIA director David Petraeus, at the time under investigation for sharing classified information with a journalist with whom he was having an affair.
The next year, a Navy judge ruled that Obama had exerted “unlawful command influence” as commander-in-chief when he spoke of the specific consequences he saw fit for members of the military convicted of sexual assault.
Obama told a press conference in 2012, “If we find out somebody’s engaging in this, they’ve got to be held accountable—prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.”
This resulted in the Navy judge ruling out dishonorable discharge as a potential punishment in ongoing cases. Eventually, the conviction of a Marine staff sergeant was dismissed because of the possible influence of Obama’s statement.
Obama’s rhetoric actually made prosecuting sexual assault more difficult. However, the media, always in the tank for Obama did not turn this into a national debate about the rule of law.
Probably Obama’s greatest blunder and most infamous case of opening his mouth before his brain got engaged was in 2009, when Harvard law professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Before Obama even had the facts of the case, he opined that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates. Gates had locked himself out of his house, and forced the door open, prompting a neighbor to call police. When police arrived, a confrontation took place between Gates and Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley, when Crowley asked for ID.
Several days later, during a press conference Obama said that he did not have all the facts, yet still accused the officer of racism, comparing his conduct in the context of a history of racial profiling by the police:
“I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”
“And number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcing disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”
Understandable, Cambridge police, as well as police officers across the country were justifiably angry by Obama’s statements. In some ways, many police officers believe that this was the beginning of a “war on police,” where political rhetoric ratcheted anti-police sentiments nationwide.
Obama literally could not help himself and injected himself in every incident where he could take a shot at law enforcement. It continued during the Trayvon Martin case, where Obama said
“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
Obama lit a virtual fire under the American peope, and it made it impossible not to prosecute George Zimmerman, who was tried and acquitted.
The cherry on top was when Loretta Lynch, who was then Attorney General bungled the Clinton email fiasco, met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Arizona, then refused to recuse herself from. She then handed the reins over to then FBI Director James Comey, and we know where he stands politically.
Fast forward to today and President Trump. Trump called the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt,” which it was, put into motion ultimately by a phony dossier that led to four FISA warrants, two of which have been vacated by a federal judge, who then admonished the Justice Department and the FBI for submitting them.
Trump, however, did not intervene when the FBI unleashed a pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone, like they were taking down el Chapo or John Gotti, complete with CNN cameras following dutifully along. Trump also stayed on the sidelines as the prosecution, or the jury—the foreman who is apparently an avid, anti-Trump Democrat politician convicted Stone.
President Trump criticized the long sentence—others did as well—and only did so after the whole investigation was outed as a vile hoax, that of the bogus dossier that led to bogus FISA warrants. There is a concept in criminal justice called “fruit of the poisonous tree.” In this case, the “poisonous tree” was the bogus dossier, that established probable cause for the bogus FISA warrants, that led to Stone getting arrested and convicted. By that measure alone, Stone should not serve a day in jail. The whole thing was based on a lie.
Ironically, the same loud-mouth politicians speaking out about President Trump’s “interference” in the Stone case expressed no such reservations about Obama doing the same damn thing, and actually even worse. No Chris Murphy (D-CT), no Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-MA). You get the point. Democrats are fine when it’s “their guy” doing the interfering. President Trump? “Orange man bad.” Democrats are a joke.