When former President Barack Obama attempted to pour cold water over the DOJ dropping its prosecution of General Michael Flynn, it was a fine blueprint in the art of the political con job. Instead of being on the defensive when documents surfaced exposing FBI malpractice in its Flynn investigation, Obama immediately went on the attack. With these documents bringing to the fore Obama’s complicit involvement in this latest FBI scandal; that crafty one-time senator from Chicago, attempted to put the ball squarely back in Flynn’s court and by extension, that of President Trump. And it almost worked too.
Said Obama in response to the dropped Flynn charges: “The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn; 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.”
Obama’s statement was meant to take public attention away from the fact that he was “aware of the details of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, apparently surprising then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, according to documents released.” [Fox News]
It was also meant to distract from the fact, that Obama has a long and torrid history with Michael Flynn; a history that more than imputes motive to the Obama Administration’s potentially illegal actions against Flynn, which ultimately cost Flynn his job and (until recently at least) his freedom.
So toxic was the relationship between Flynn and Obama, that the latter didn’t think it sufficient merely to fire Flynn from his staff, but to also warn his incoming successor Trump not to hire Flynn.
Then press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed this to reporters back in 2017. “It’s true that President Obama made it known that he wasn’t exactly a fan of General Flynn’s, which frankly shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, given that General Flynn had worked for President Obama, was an outspoken critic of President Obama’s shortcomings.”
Ultimately though, Obama’s deflection has not worked. The ball is now squarely back in his court. And it only took one tweeted word from his successor and nemesis, President Donald J. Trump, to accomplish this: OBAMAGATE