Obama Intervened, Repeatedly, In Ongoing Trials And Investigations

(Breitbart) – Few of the critics who are treating President Donald Trump’s comments on Roger Stone’s sentencing — widely viewed as unduly harsh — as an attack on the rule of law showed such strong concerns when then-President Barack Obama weighed in, repeatedly, on ongoing trials or investigations.

In 2015, President Obama told CBS news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured private email server for her official communications may have been a “mistake,” but added: “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.”

The New York Times reported that FBI officials: “saw an instance of the president trying to influence the outcome of a continuing investigation — and not for the first time.” The officials recalled Obama’s comments in 2012 defending then-CIA director David Petraeus, who was under investigation for sharing classified information with a journalist with whom he was having an affair.

In 2013, a Navy judge ruled that President Obama had exerted “unlawful command influence” by harsh comments about the punishment he expected the military would mete out against those accused of sexual harassment. Obama had told a press conference in 2012: “If we find out somebody’s engaging in this, they’ve got to be held accountable — prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.”

As a result, the Navy judge ruled out dishonorable discharge as a potential punishment in ongoing cases. Later, the conviction of a Marine staff sergeant was thrown out because of the possible influence of Obama’s words.

Ironically, Obama’s harsh language made prosecuting sexual assault more difficult. But the media did not turn his clumsy intervention into a national debate about the rule of law.

There was greater controversy when President Barack Obama weighed in on the arrest of a Harvard professor in 2009.

Obama said that Cambridge, Massachusetts, police “acted stupidly” when arresting Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in July 2009. Gates had locked himself out of his home and forced the door open; a neighbor called police, and a confrontation ensued after Sgt. James Crowley arrived and asked for ID.

In a press conference several days later, Obama admitted he did not have all the facts, but still accused the officer of racism, placing his conduct in the context of a history of racial profiling by police:

I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.

And number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcing disproportionately. That’s just a fact.

Cambridge police were hurt, and angered, by Obama’s words. In the end, tensions were smoothed over with a “beer summit” at the White House.

But it was part of a pattern of commentary, and intervention, that would continue for years. That pattern continued in the Trayvon Martin murder case, where Obama’s comments inflamed national opinion and made it politically impossible not to prosecute George Zimmerman, who was ultimately acquitted.

The culmination was then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s bungling of the Clinton email investigation, from which she refused to recuse herself, but which she handed over, inappropriately, to then-FBI director James Comey.

In the Stone case, Trump called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt,” but did not intervene when the FBI launched a pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone, with CNN cameras in tow. Nor did he interfere with the prosecution, or the jury — led, reportedly, by an anti-Trump Democrat politician — or the verdict.

He criticized prosecutors for requesting a long sentence — as others did, too — and he did so after the investigation that Stone was convicted of impeding had been exposed as an empty pursuit in which the FBI had lied to the FISA court.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. The only difference between Trump’s and Obama’s intervention is that the Affirmative Action FAILURE Obama was always wrong but the lap dog FAKE NEWS media just nodded their heads in agreement. Trump, always right and truthful.

  2. The Mockingbird media obsesses over Trump’s every tweet, finding fault with them in any way it can. Yet, when Obama would do far worse than anything Trump has done, the media said nothing or even ran political interference for him. We need to take down the Deep State and its controlled media along with it.

  3. Obama also intervened in a private matter to benefit a Jewish donor who gave large amounts to the Democrat Party to help in electing Obama but you will never hear much about it. A private research/treasure hunting company located a Spanish Treasure Ship in international waters somewhere off the coast of Peru and salvaged hundreds of millions in gold and silver. Spain and Peru both laid claims to the salvaged treasure. Neither country had a valid claim to the treasure for which the company that had salvaged the treasure had the only legitimate claim. Obama worked out a deal where the Treasure was returned to Spain who in return for the treasure, returned a large art collection that belonged to the wealthy Jewish donor’s family and had been acquired by Spain from the Nazi’s who had looted the art work during WW2. Obama used his powers as President to force the company( Global Marine) to return the Treasure to Spain. Global Marine had spent 50 Million in the salvage effort only to have a U.S. President force the return of the treasure that they had located and recovered to give it to the Spanish government. Anyone want to talk about a quid pro quo. Much worse than the story the Democrats made up to try and force President Trump from office. Obama should have been removed from office for this act which was beneficial to him and the Democratic party and was an egregious use of Presidential power. This abuse of power was the catalyst for me leaving the Democrat party and supporting President Trump in 2016 election. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Enough said.

  4. Again we have a biased media and one who DOES NOT want to know the truth and be shown that he was an INGNORAMOUS. Mr. Obama has committed TREASON and other high crimes and misdemeanors. But NO he can’t be held to such an high standard as President Trump. Because Mr. Trump has is a dirty rich guy: but there are dirty lying self enriched half black guys who have ACTUALLY done the treasonous crimes. So get the clown Obama and his Hillary, Abedim, Rice, and MANY other dumocrats who do not fulfill their oath of office. This is a national disgrace being presented on the world stage.

  5. But, But he’s a Democrat. He can’t be wrong. He can make what ever remarks he wants to. The libraturds are out of their minds!!!

    KAG TRUMP 2020

  6. Are we surprised that President Obama could do not wrong in the eyes of the media and far looney left because he was black.
    Now President Trump is held to a different standard because the media and far looney left has Trump Derangement Syndrome and hate this President.
    God bless President Trump and the USA.
    MAGA/KAG 2020
    Vote Republican in November.
    Kick the corrupt Democrats out and take back the House and increase Republican Senate.

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