Former President Barack Obama says “rule of law is at risk” after Justice Department drops charges against former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

  • The Justice Department on Thursday asked that the case against Michael Flynn be dismissed, arguing that FBI agents did not have a justifiable reason to question the then-national security adviser about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
  • In a web talk with former members of his cabinet, Obama said, “There is there is no precedent that anybody can find for somebody 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 further bashed President Trump’s response to the corinavirus pandemic. “This election that’s coming up on every level is so important because — what we’re going to be battling is not just a particular individual or a political party. What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends of being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy — that has become a stronger impulse in American life. And by the way, we’re seeing that internationally as well. It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty. It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’—when that mindset is operationalized in our government.”