“The news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed — about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,” Obama said in a web talk with members of the Obama Alumni Association.
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.”.
The Flynn case was invoked by Obama as a principal reason that his former administration officials needed to make sure former Vice President Joe Biden wins the November election against President Trump.
“So I am hoping that all of you feel the same sense of urgency that I do,” he said.
Obama misstated the charge to which Flynn had previously pleaded guilty.
During the transition, Obama even warned Trump not to hire Flynn — advice that Trump ignored. »