Top Senate Dem: We are building an obstruction of justice case against President Trump

Top Senate Dem: We are building an obstruction of justice case against President Trump
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday the Senate Judiciary Committee is building an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump for his actions in allegedly trying to thwart the FBI's Russia investigation. (Image via Twitter @MeetThePress screenshot)

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee explained Sunday that her committee is slowly building an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump.

Wait, what?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking member, explained on “Meet the Press” that the case is being built against Trump because of results yielded from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and Trump’s earlier attempts to allegedly thwart the investigation when he fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May.

“The Judiciary committee has an investigation going,” Feinstein said, adding:

I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice. I think we see this in the indictments — the four indictments and pleas.

I see it in the hyper-phonetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of director Comey, 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.

What have others said?

Following a tweet from Trump on Saturday, several others made the case that Trump has proven he committed obstruction of justice when he dismissed Comey.

Matthew Miller, the Department of Justice spokesperson in the Obama administration, tweeted Saturday that Trump admitted to obstruction of justice when he tweeted that he fired Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence.

That admission, coupled with Comey telling Congress that Trump asked him to drop the Flynn investigation, amounts to a crime, Miller said.

Similarly, Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney, told the Daily Beast: “This tweet makes it clear that Trump knew at the time that he made his request to Comey to let the investigation go that Flynn had lied to the FBI, which is a criminal offense.”

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