Editorial: Who, me? Obama criticizes DOJ for doing exactly what he did with a general


Democrats are all up in arms about the Justice Department’s decision to have all charges dropped against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

In case you missed it, information was released this past week that proved that Flynn was set up by the FBI, backed into a corner, and forced to plead guilty to lying to the FBI after they threatened to lock up his son.

In fact, the information that Flynn was being interviewed about was relative to the bogus Russian collusion “investigation” that appears to have emanated from the Obama White House. Chief among the critics has been one Barack Hussein Obama, who has no room to be pissed off about anything.

In fact, he himself pardoned a general who REALLY lied to the FBI about a legitimate topic, Iran’s nuclear program.

Blogger Don Surber, he referenced a story in the January 17, 2017 New York Times entitled, “Obama Pardons James Cartwright, General Who Lied to F.B.I. in Leak Case.”

Cartwright was “a retired Marine Corps general and former vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. relative to his discussions with reporters about Iran’s nuclear program,” the Times story said. The pardon saved Cartwright from a possible prison sentence.

According to the Times, Cartwright was a member of Obama’s national security team during his first term in office and was considered the “president’s favorite general.” Cartwright was considered a “key” member of the national security apparatus under Obama.

In 2016, he had pleaded guilty to misleading F.B.I. investigators who were investigating the leaking of classified information relative to cyberattacks against Iran.

He had been scheduled to be sentenced the month after Obama issued his pardon. His attorneys had asked for probation and community service, while the prosecutors were looking for two years in prison.

After Obama’s pardon, Cartwright’s lawyer said:

“The president’s decision is wise and just, and it achieves the right result. It allows General Cartwright to continue his life’s work—to serve, protect and defend the nation he loves. It allows the nation to continue to benefit from his vast experience and knowledge.”

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Of course, Obama conveniently forgot that little detail when he railed against the DOJ’s request to dismiss charges against Lt. Gen. Flynn, which were much more egregious and based on a bogus “crime” to begin with.

Obama said that “the rule of law is at risk” in the country after the request to dismiss charges against Flynn.

Prior to the dismissal, President Trump had alluded to possibly pardoning Flynn. That is no longer necessary.

Friday, Yahoo News said that it had obtained a recording of a web talk between Obama and members of the Obama Alumni Association.

“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed—about the justice department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama was reported to say.

“And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury [forgetting the fact Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI] 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.”

Obama went on to say that this particular case made the November election even more important, giving him a “sense of urgency.”

“Whenever I campaign, I’ve always said, ‘Ah, this is the most important election.’ Especially obviously when I was on the ballot, that always feels like it’s the most important election. This one, I’m not on the ballot but I am pretty darn invested. We got to make this happen.”

So, here you have Obama saying “there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury,” which is rather comical, since it was he himself who had actually set that precedent when he pardoned Cartwright for doing the same thing Flynn was accused of doing.

The difference of course was there was actually a basis for Cartwright’s case, while Flynn’s was based upon a “case” concocted by the FBI. And the investigators had proof.

When FBI agents interviewed Cartwright about the incident, he initially lied about his discussions with Newsweek reporters. When confronted with the emails that contradicted his story, he “passed out” and was hospitalized. Later, when he was re-interviewed several days later, he changed his story.

Pesky details, President Obama…pesky details.

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