Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy reacted with disbelief after former President Obama made what Gowdy called an “amazing statement.”
After the Justice Department moved to end its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Obama made the claim that the “rule of law is at risk.”
“Where is [Obama’s] respect for the rule of law for the crime that Michael Flynn was the victim of?” Gowdy, a Fox News contributor, asked on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“Remember, he was unmasked by somebody in Obama’s administration and then it was leaked … that is a 10-year felony, to disseminate classified information,” he continued. “Michael Flynn was a victim of that crime.”
In notes unsealed in March, investigators were shown asking about Lt. Gen. Flynn, “What’s urgent? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
This and other internal memos led to the Justice Department moving to drop their charges against Flynn, as serious questions were raised regarding the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s guilty plea in 2017, for lying to the FBI.
“President Obama himself pardoned people for making false statements to the government,” Gowdy noted. “He picked [Justice Department Inspector General] Michael Horowitz, that was an Obama pick.”
“Michael Horowitz found fault after fault after fault with the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] program and [former FBI Director] Jim Comey and [former FBI Deputy Director] Andy McCabe, so I am delighted to hear President Obama’s newfound interest and respect for the rule of law,” Gowdy continued. “I just wish he would apply it equally to Republicans and Democrats.”
Directing comment at former President Obama, Gowdy said, “The FBI used a dossier that was bought and paid for by your political party without vetting a single factual allegation in that dossier,” he said. “You put it in front of a federal judge, where is your concern for respect for the rule of law as it relates to Carter Page and what happened to him?”
The Justice Department has moved to drop the case against Flynn. The federal judge overseeing the case has to make a final determination for Flynn’s dismissal.
“The judge can sit there and not know whether or not he’s going to grant that motion to dismiss. Good luck prosecuting the case, judge. You got to have a prosecutor to prosecute the case, so if the DOJ is not moving forward on Michael Flynn, I don’t think the judge is going to do it himself,” Gowdy noted.