On Monday, President Trump escalated his feud with former President Obama, insisting during a news conference that his predecessor committed a “crime” but refused to dive into details.
When inquired by a reporter in the Rose Garden what crime he is alleging Obama of committing, Trump answered: “Obamagate, it’s been going on for a long time, it’s been going on from before I got elected, and it’s a disgrace that it occurred. You look at now all of this data that’s being published, and from what I understand, that’s only the beginning.”
When pushed for details, the commander in chief told a Washington Post reporter, “You know the crime. The crime is very evident to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”
Trump on Sunday quoted a tweet that alleged Obama of utilizing “his last weeks in office to target incoming officials and sabotage the new administration.”
“The largest political crime in American history, by far!” Trump added, later tweeting, “OBAMAGATE!”
On Friday, Obama weighed in on the FBI controversy revolving around past national security adviser Michael Flynn, announcing the “rule of law is at risk” after the Justice Department moved to dismiss the charges against the past national security adviser. At the same time, new information surfaced regarding what the past president knew about the case against Flynn in the last days of his administration.
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“The news over the previous day I think has been somewhat suppressed — regarding the Justice Department dismissing charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama stated, based on Yahoo! News, in a web talk with members of the Obama Alumni Association.
“And the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can discover for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free,” Obama reportedly stated. “That’s the kind of things where you begin to get concerned that basic — not just institutional norms — but our basic understanding of the rule of law is at risk.”
Yahoo! News, in reporting the tape, published that Obama incorrectly claims the charges against Flynn, who was not charged with perjury. Instead, Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI regarding his discussion with the Russian ambassador in the transition period between the Trump and Obama administrations.
Flynn has since attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, citing “bad faith” by the government.
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Obama has long had a “close” relationship with Flynn: He fired him as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 and cautioned the Trump administration against his hiring.
Documents published Thursday revealed Obama was aware of the information of then-incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 phone calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Obama’s unexpectedly intimate knowledge of the information of Flynn’s calls, which the FBI acknowledged at the time was not criminal or even improper, raised eyebrows because of his history with Flynn — and because top FBI officials secretly discussed whether their “goal” was “to get Flynn to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired” when they interviewed him in the White House on January 24, 2017.