Huckabee Sanders could face obstruction charges for ‘trying to influence grand jury’ on Comey, says Dem senator

It seems Democrats desperate to regain power in Washington have indictment on the brain.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse suggested Monday on MSNBC’s “Hard Ball” that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may have obstructed justice… by answering a reporter’s question.

When the firing of former FBI director James Comey came up at a press briefing last week, Sanders said, “Comey by his own self-admission leaked privileged government information.”

She went on to say Comey’s actions “were improper and likely could have been illegal,” before noting that he “leaked memos to the New York Times” and “politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before interviewing her or other key witnesses.”

All of which prompted the Democratic senator from Rhode Island to question whether President Trump’s spokeswoman was trying to influence the grand jury impaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“So the question of Sarah Huckabee Sanders is who asked you to do that, who told you to do that?” Whitehouse said to host Chris Matthews.  “If the motivation was to poison the reputation of James Comey with the grand jurors, you have another indictment.”

Whitehouse applied the same standard to the president while fishing for a reaction from Mueller.

“I don’t know why this White House hasn’t stopped this stuff,” the senator said. “But it really looks like every time they turn around, they’re sending up another invitation to Mueller to run this down and see if you can add a count.”

Never mind that Sanders was clear that she was not encouraging the prosecution of Comey.

“Anybody that breaks that law, whatever that process is that needs to be followed, should certainly be looked at,” she said at last week’s press briefing. “If they determine that’s the course of action to take, then they should certainly do that. But I’m not here to ever direct the DOJ.”

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