Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is done messing around with former President Barack Obama — and he wants him to quit running his mouth behind closed doors.
During a virtual interview with Laura Trump, McConnell took dead aim at Obama for criticizing President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response efforts.
Last week, a recording of a private conversation between Obama and former members of his administration leaked. The tape revealed Obama taking issue with how the Trump administration has responded to the pandemic.
Obama said the Trump administration’s efforts have been “anemic,” “spotty,” and an “absolute chaotic disaster.”
McConnell fired back, expressing his opinion that Obama should have kept his mouth shut on the issue.
“I think President Obama shoulda kept his mouth shut,” McConnell said. “We know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing, that’s understandable.”
McConnell called Obama’s comments “classless” and noted he had his “shot.”
“I think it’s a little bit classless, frankly, to critique an administration that comes after you,” McConnell said.
He continued, “You had your shot, you were there for eight years. I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition.”
Today- President Trump said President Obama was guilty of a crime.
Last week (in a private meeting) Obama said Trump’s handling of the pandemic was a “disaster”.
Tonight- Mitch McConnell said Obama’s remarks were “classless” and he “shoulda kept his mouth shut”.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) May 12, 2020
This is the second time where McConnell has absolutely torched Obama.
During a phone-in interview Thursday on Fox News, McConnell was asked about newly released documents showing that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.
Strzok was fired for sending countless anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair. Strzok played a critical role in going after Flynn, the new documents reveal.
McConnell was not happy about this and admonished top officials in the FBI for the bureau’s treatment of Flynn, who served as President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser before getting caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“It’s been interesting to watch, and if all of this proves to be true, you will have, certainly, a major, major error on the part of top leadership at the FBI, which could well warrant additional charges against them,” McConnell said.
He added: “If true, this is very, very troubling — disturbing.”
McConnell was asked whether he believes fired FBI Director James Comey should be criminally charged for his role in overseeing the agency’s investigation, but the Senate leader wasn’t ready to go that far.
“Revealing this story has been extremely important for the country,” added McConnell. “If true, it is extremely troubling and action, of course, under our system would be taken by others on the issues that you raised.”
Here’s more on the explosive new information:
Handwritten notes from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that had been inappropriately withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
In the handwritten FBI notes, the note-taker, whose identity was not made clear in the document production, wrote that an alternate goal is to “get [Flynn] to admit breaking the Logan Act,” a reference to a 1799 law restricting communications between private citizens and foreign governments.
Flynn pleaded guilty on Dec. 1, 2017, to lying during the interview about speaking to Russian Ambassador Kislyak about sanctions against Russia.
However, in a Jan. 29 court filing, he said he pleaded guilty to protect prosecutors from going after his son and denied lying in the FBI interview.