President Donald Trump took to Twitter to slam the Obama administration following a conservative talk show host’s claim the former president used his last days in office to sabotage the Trump administration.
Trump retweeted the claim Sunday calling it “The biggest political crime in American history, by far!”
The tweets come just three days after the Justice Department said it would drop its case against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser. Flynn, a retired general, was fired by Trump in early 2017 for lying to Vice President Mike Pence regarding talks with a Russian ambassador about sanctions the Obama administration levied against the country due to interfering in the 2016 election.
At the time, many in the intelligence community believed the effort was meant to get Trump elected as president. Flynn pleaded guilty and cooperated with special investigator Robert Muller, who led the investigation of Russian interference after Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
Muller’s final report did not specifically state there was a conspiracy, but it did establish extensive links between Trump and Moscow, as well as attempts by Trump to derail the investigation.
While he was awaiting sentencing, Flynn changed his plea and last Thursday Attorney General William Barr dropped the case entirely.
Obama wasted little time admonishing the decision telling associates the Flynn decision was “the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic—not just institutional norms—but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.”
War of words between Trump and Obama
President Trump and Obama have gone back and forth in recent months, while not directly attacking each other.
In April, Obama compared Trump’s slow coronavirus response to climate change deniers.
“We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”
Obama also laid out his coronavirus response plan in April, saying the country should not reopen until it can create a robust testing and surveillance system to stop a second outbreak.
Trump said in April that he was surprised that Obama did not immediately endorse Joe Biden for president.
“I don’t know why President Obama hasn’t supported Joe Biden a long time ago,” Trump told NBC on April 10. “He feels something is wrong. … It does amaze me that President Obama hasn’t supported Sleepy Joe. It just hasn’t happened. When’s it gonna happen? Why isn’t he? He knows something that you don’t know, that I think I know, that you don’t know.”
Trump also tried to blame Obama for the lack of coronavirus testing in the U.S.
“The last administration left us nothing. We started off with bad, broken tests, and obsolete tests,” Trump tweeted.
However, many were quick to point out that the coronavirus was not established until late 2019, almost three years after Obama left office.