• Election 2020: Will It End Up Being ‘Obama vs. Trump’ After All?

    Surge Summary: With recent leaked statements from Barack Obama criticizing Trump’s Justice Department for clearing Michael Flynn of charges, it seems this fall’s election may end up essentially being a contest between Obama and Trump.

    Even though Joe Biden will be the nominee and Barack Obama’s name won’t be on the ballot, it’s beginning to look like the presidential race is going to be between Donald Trump and Barack Obama.  The former president’s actions in the last several days are extraordinary and revealing.

    Late last week, Obama held a conference call with 3,000 former members of his administration.  Just think about that for a second.  This was essentially a meeting of the Resistance that declared war on Donald Trump the day after he was elected.  I’m sure it wasn’t the first such call.

    A portion of last week’s call was selectively leaked to friendly media, and it involved a troubled Barack Obama telling these 3,000 left-wing warriors how concerned he was for the rule of law in America.  He said:

    “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 . . . 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 is a lawyer by training.  He certainly knows that Flynn was not charged with perjury.  He also knows that the FBI agents who interviewed him didn’t believe Flynn lied to them.  And he knows that the FBI was about to close the investigation without charging Flynn until Peter Strzok intervened.

    It’s also not true that there is no precedent for dropping charges in a criminal case.  It happened under Obama by his attorney general.  You may recall that Eric Holder dropped charges against former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.  In fact, as the Washington Times notes, there are striking similarities in the Stevens and Flynn cases:

    “Both men faced the same criminal charges of making false statements, the same judge, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, handled both cases, and each had their criminal prosecution undone by a handwritten note that was buried by federal prosecutors.”

    The final point is the most relevant as it relates to prosecutorial misconduct or gross abuses by government prosecutors, something which should alarm every American – Democrat, Independent and Republican alike.

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board was surprised by Obama’s musings on the Flynn case, and rhetorically asked, “We wonder what he’s really worried about.”

    The Journal warns that it was the Obama White House and Justice Department that put “our basic understanding of the rule of law at risk” with a politically motivated prosecution of an innocent man.

    Let’s face it, there was a lot of bad blood between Obama and Michael Flynn.  President Obama fired Gen. Flynn because Flynn disagreed with Obama over just about everything – from appeasing Iran to confronting radical Islam.

    Obama even warned Trump not to hire Flynn.  That seems like a petty thing for the outgoing president to do.  But far worse was what happened after Trump ignored Obama’s advice – that’s when the Obama White House and FBI set out to destroy Michael Flynn.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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