This is truly stunning.
Just days before President Trump was inaugurated--at the very same time that the FBI was plotting to ambush interview Michael Flynn and frame him for a non-crime--disgraced former President Obama pardoned a general who had pled guilty to "lying to the FBI," or "perjury" as Obama calls it in his legal ignorance. The law the story is referring to, the law to which Michael Flynn initially pled guilty and to which Jame Cartwright pled guilty, is 18 USC 1001, False Statements to the United States Government.
OK, a pardon isn't the same thing as having the case dismissed for lack of evidence and for government misconduct. Nevertheless, most people, especially those with as sketchy a knowledge of legal matters as Obama, would agree that James Cartwright, perfectly fits the description in Obama's very recent words:
"was someone who [had] been charged with perjury [and] just [got] off scot-free."
Here's how the NYT describes this episode:
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.
General Cartwright, who was a key member of Mr. Obama’s national security team in his first term and earned a reputation as the president’s favorite general, pleaded guilty late last year to misleading investigators looking into the leaking of classified information about cyberattacks against Iran.
He was due to be sentenced this month. His defense team had asked for a year of probation and 600 hours of community service, but prosecutors had asked the judge overseeing his case to send him to prison for two years.
Now, the retired general will be spared such punishment.
Will the sycophantic media hold Obama to account for that precedent--just one more of his lies?