by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
It has always been a lie that Barack Obama was a distinguished constitutional law scholar, a professor of law at the University of Chicago. In fact, he was a lecturer brought in to teach a class on his theories of race and law, and he never published any scholarly work. That is not what a professor does.
But in his telephone call to “Obama alumni” that was immediately leaked to Michael Issikoff, he demonstrated appalling sloppiness and ignorance that reveal what a lightweight legal thinker he is.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board is slamming him:
“Barack Obama is a lawyer, so it was stunning to read that he ventured into the Michael Flynn case in a way that misstated the supposed crime and ignored the history of his own Administration in targeting Mr. Flynn. Since the former President chose to offer his legal views when he didn’t need to, we wonder what he’s really worried about.” …
… The Journal points out that it was President Bill Clinton who got off “scot-free” for lying under oath.
But even more egregiously, as Don Surber and retired FBI special agent Mark Wauck point out, Obama himself pardoned a different general from a perjury conviction, allowing him to get off scot-free. Surber cites this New York Times article published on the last day of Obama’s presidency, Jan 17, 2017:
“President Obama on Tuesday pardoned James E. Cartwright, a retired Marine Corps general and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. about his discussions with reporters about Iran’s nuclear program, saving him from a possible prison sentence. …
… Obama verbally worried about “the rule of law” to his 3,000 closest friends on the call. This is utter projection, a nearly universal practice on the left of accusing opponents of the tactics they use.