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 June 23, 2023

Obama supports Trump indictment, says 'nobody is above the law'

As former President Donald Trump faces a federal indictment -- the first of its kind for a former president -- his political opponents are using the moment to their advantage. 

According to Breitbart, former President Barack Obama was all for Trump's indictment, emphasizing that "nobody is above the law."

Obama's thoughts on the ongoing situation came about via an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

The former president was asked about his take on the Trump indictment, and Obama was all too ready to provide his opinion.

Amanpour focused on his reaction to an indicted former president seeking another term in the White House.

"The spectacle of a former president being federally indicted. How is the rest of the world, the democratic world, maybe even the non-democratic world meant to interpret that indictment and indeed the fact that a federal indictee is running, is able to run for the highest office in the land, maybe even the world?" she asked.

"It’s less than ideal. But the fact that we have a former president who is having to answer to charges brought by prosecutors does uphold the basic notion that nobody is above the law. And the allegations will now be sorted out through a court process," Obama responded.

The former president pivoted to bashing the Republican Party in general, blaming it for virtually all of America's current problems.

"And I think I’m more concerned when it comes to the United States with the fact that not just one particular individual is being accused of undermining existing laws, but that more broadly we’ve seen, whether it’s through the gerrymandering of districts, whether it’s trying to silence critics through changes in legislative process, whether it’s attempts to intimidate the press, a strand of anti-democratic sentiment that we’ve seen in the United States," Obama said.

Obama went on to pivot once more, claiming that while he believes it's more "prominent" in the Republican Party, it's not unique to the GOP.

"It’s something that is right now most prominent in the Republican Party, but I don’t think it’s something that is unique to one party. I think there is less tolerance for ideas that don’t suit us. And it’s sort of the habits of a free and open exchange of ideas and the idea that we all agree to the rules of the game, and even if the outcomes aren’t always the ones we like, we still abide by those rules," Obama continued.

Not surprisingly, he claimed that the spirit of embracing and exchanging ideas that do not suit us has "weakened" since he's been out of office.

Trump has remained steadfast in his claims that he hasn't broken any laws, and that the Department of Justice, under President Joe Biden, has been weaponized against him.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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