YAHOO: Exclusive: Obama says in private call that 'rule of law is at risk' in Michael Flynn case
Michael IsikoffChief Investigative Correspondent,Yahoo Newsâ€¢May 9, 2020
Former President Barack Obama, talking privately to ex-members of his administration, said Friday that the â€œrule of law is at riskâ€ in the wake of what he called an unprecedented move by the Justice Department to drop charges against former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In the same chat, a tape of which was obtained by Yahoo News, Obama also lashed out at the Trump administrationâ€™s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as â€œan absolute chaotic disaster.â€
â€œThe news over the last 24 hours I think has been somewhat downplayed â€” about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn,â€ Obama said in a web talk with members of the Obama Alumni Association.
â€œAnd the fact that there is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free. Thatâ€™s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic â€” not just institutional norms â€” 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 weâ€™ve seen in other places.â€
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. â€œSo I am hoping that all of you feel the same sense of urgency that I do,â€ he said.â€œWhenever I campaign, Iâ€™ve always said, â€˜Ah, this is the most important election.â€™ Especially obviously when I was on the ballot, that always feels like it's the most important election. This one â€” Iâ€™m not on the ballot â€” but I am pretty darn invested. We got to make this happen.â€