During a Sunday morning appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” California Sen. Dianne Feinstein stated her belief that the firing of FBI Director James Comey will be the basis of an obstruction of justice case being built against President Trump.
According to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top ranking Democrat, both special counsel Robert Mueller and the Judiciary Committee are investigating what led to Comey’s May 9 firing.
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) December 3, 2017
“The Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well, and it involves obstruction of justice, and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein told host Chuck Todd. “I think we see this in the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made. I see it in the hyper phonetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets.”
“I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director Comey,” she continued, “and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice.”
On Friday, after news of the indictment against Michael Flynn came to light, President Trump tweeted this:
Which has led to a “gotcha” game of sorts by Democrats such as California Congressman Adam Schiff and others:
If that is true, Mr. President, why did you wait so long to fire Flynn? Why did you fail to act until his lies were publicly exposed? And why did you pressure Director Comey to “let this go?” https://t.co/Ea4kOBpWPv
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 2, 2017
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 2, 2017
Except, Trump attorney John Dowd now claims that he wrote the original Trump tweet that suggested the president knew Flynn lied to the FBI, calling it “sloppy.”
Since then, Trump has altogether denied directly asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn.
In any case, liberal leaning Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz made a legal case against any potential obstruction of justice charges against this president or any other on a Monday morning Fox & Friends appearance.
“You cannot charge a president with obstruction of justice for exercising his constitutional power to fire Comey and his constitutional authority to tell the Justice Department who to investigate, who not to investigate. That’s what Thomas Jefferson did, that’s what Lincoln did, that’s what Roosevelt did. We have precedents that clearly establish that,” Dershowitz said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 4, 2017
Of course, since there was no actual crime other than lying to the FBI about a perfectly legal action, it seems like trying to pin an obstruction case on the president based on the firing of a person both parties had at some point wanted fired for various acts of ineptness is a stretch at best, especially since the investigation continued.
But since it’s likely all they’ve got, expect that ‘stretch’ to continue.
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