The New York Times reported yesterday about the existence of a memorandum that mentions President Trump’s desire to see the FBI’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn dropped at some point. The memo states that Trump said the following to now former FBI Director James Comey: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
On its face, it seems rather problematic that Trump personally asked Comey to consider the possibility of ending an investigation into possible connections between Flynn and foreign agents. The Democratic Media Complex and its “conservative” allies are calling this an obstruction of justice and some Democrats have openly called for impeaching President Trump.
However, National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy opined that if Trump committed an obstruction of justice, then President Obama did the same vis-a-vis the Clinton email investigation.
On April 10, 2016, President Obama publicly stated that Hillary Clinton had shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The president acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, its importance had been vastly overstated.
On July 5, 2016, FBI director James Comey publicly stated that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in using a private email server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The director acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, it was just a small percentage of the emails involved.
Obama told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes the following back in 2015 as well:
I don’t think [Hillary’s private email server] posed a national security problem… This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.
Thus, Obama talked openly and candidly about whether Clinton committed any wrongdoing by utilizing an unprotected private email server while sending classified information in the middle of an FBI investigation. If the Democrats and the media did not believe this was an obstruction of justice, then it demonstrates selective outrage with the information we have on Trump at the moment, since all Trump did was express a hope that the matter would be dropped.
A former federal prosecutor, McCarthy also pointed out that to prove obstruction of justice, “[i]t is necessary to establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the suspect acted corruptly in impeding or influencing a criminal investigation.” In other words, “[t]hat means acting with knowledge that one’s conduct was unlawful, and with a specific intent to undermine the truth-seeking function.” Nevertheless, the Democrats and the media continue to use the language to slap Trump while they refused to do the same for Obama.