Barack Obama blames President Donald Trump over legal troubles
Barack Obama indirectly criticized President Donald Trump's administration in a Q&A gala session. "Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted," he said.
The former U.S. President sat down in front over 1,000 persons at the Rice University Baker Institute on Tuesday. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker joined him.
The one-hour session was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Houston's nonpartisan Baker Institute for Public Policy think tank.
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The Guardian reported that during the interview, Obama joked about Trump's recent issues by referencing his own eight years of presidency.
He told the moderator and presidential historian Jon Meacham:
“Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted. By the way, it was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about."
His words also touched on the sense of integrity, or lack thereof, that appears to be plaguing the current administration:
"In fact, nobody came close to being indicted, probably because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons."
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the last elections has led to one arrest and several indictments of top staff.
Most recently, Mueller broke off Paul Manafort's plea deal. Court records from Monday night were brought to light. Manafort was found guilty of tax fraud and bank fraud back in August.
Mueller said that the former campaign chair for Trump continuously lied "to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel's office on a variety of subject matters."
The investigation follows long-running talk that Trump's win came unfairly. It proposes a collusion between Russian operatives and the president's campaign team.
So far, 32 indictments including three Russian entities have been filed. The latter was charged with computer hacking and obstruction of justice among others.
Last Friday, a judge sentenced Trump's former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos. He is set to spend 14 days in prison for lying in 2016's investigation.
In December 2017, Michael Flynn, then the national security advisor, pleaded guilty to lying about Russian contacts as well.
We continuously expect to see more of the drastic comparison between former president Obama and the current POTUS.
Just last week, Obama visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository for Thanksgiving donations.
At the same time, Trump performed his presidential duties with wife Melania. This was in exclusion of any voluntary work he could have taken on.
While Obama helped cater to about 700 communities, Trump and Melania received the White House Christmas tree.
They then did the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon at which there was a visible absence of any children.
We look forward to seeing justice where its called for if at all. And citizens will certainly hope for the best results during this administration's running.