Why Are Trump And Obama in a New Spat Over Flynn?

Michael Flynn was forced to resign early in the Trump presidency for lying to Vice-President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian government officials.

Why Are Trump And Obama in a New Spat Over Flynn?

After the decision by the justice department to drop all the charges against Michael Flynn, who served as the former National Security Advisor for Donald Trump, a barrage of accusations and counteraccusations has started.

The incumbent and former president are at the center of this new political spat. Michael Flynn is a former three-star general who was fired over the charges of lying to vice-president Mike Pence, just after weeks of his appointment as the advisor.

Flynn had pleaded guilty of lying to FBI, over the investigation regarding Russian involvement in Trump’s election campaign. Though after years of legal battle, Flynn is now a free man.

Meanwhile, former President Obama, who has been silent about the policies and actions of his successor, criticized the move by the justice department. On Friday, CNN reported that in a leak call with his former aides, Obama urged them to rally behind Joe Biden to help him unseat Trump in November elections.

During the video conference call with 3,000 aides, he let loose and criticized the decision to drop all the charges and warned that there is no such precedent as that a man who has been charged with perjury is set free like this.

Obama warned that such precedents could be harmful for institutional evolution and a basic understanding of the law. In response to these remarks, Trump responded in a series of retweets, accusing Obama and his aides of undermining his presidency.


Trump amplified the assertions of right-wing TV commentators who accused Obama of sabotaging Donald Trump before the polls. Recently a hashtag ‘’obamagate’’ on social media received more than 2 million tweets, and Trump often uses this term about Nixon’s Watergate scandal.

The Sunday trends showed the power of the president’s social media team. Though the hashtag was being used in right-wing circles for a while, on Sunday, it surged. However, there was no evidence of using botnets, as most of them were coordinated retweets.

Bill Barr, the attorney general, was appointed to review the prosecution. He said that Flynn should not have been charged for lying.

After publicly denying that he had discussed United States sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Flynn became the focus of FBI efforts. But after checking surveillance, the FBI found out the evidence contrary to his claims. The move of dropping charges also sparked criticism in congress.

Democrats in Congress said that the decisions suggest that the department has protected the president’s friends and punishes his enemies. They described this as a systematic breakdown of impartial justice and overt political bias.

Trump had long viewed the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign as efforts to undermine his presidency. Some of the evidence suggested that agents involved in the investigation personally disliked him and disapproved of his presidency, he has felt validated by this.

These views have been further compounded as former National Security director and FBI chief, along with Obama, criticized Trump’s policies and his actions. In 2016, the US government received continuous warnings from intelligence agencies of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, Robert Muller also unearthed the efforts in special counsel investigation.

Muller exposed the contract between Russian nationals and Trump’s campaign managers. In response to this, the FBI launched a counter-investigation to probe activities and contacts. The Obama administration officials still see their actions based on this evidence as justified.

But Donald trump supports see their indignity and assertions as further evidence of wrongdoing and coverup. Political experts believe that the acrimony over Michael Flynn could be just getting started.

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