Rep. Peter Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said today that he believes there is evidence of obstruction with President Trump who recently tweeted on June 16th that he is being investigated for firing the FBI Director.
Speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos that aired today, Rep. Schiff explained that he thinks there is evidence of obstruction concerning the president but admitted he can’t go into the particulars of their closed investigation.
Schiff pointed out that the same people that say that there’s no evidence of collusion also say there’s no evidence of obstruction and the president cannot commit obstruction.
Schiff said he doesn’t accept that logic.
“If you look at James Comey’s testimony and we were trying this in a court of law, no judge would exclude that. That would all be relevant evidence as to potential obstruction” Schiff said on ABC’s This Week.
Schiff added that we should allow Special Counsel Bob Mueller to develop some of the evidence and determine what he needs to investigate.
Trump’s Attorney: “President Not Under Investigation”
President Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow explained on CBS’s Face the Nation that President Trump is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.
When Sekoulow was asked on Face the Nation how he knows President Trump isn’t under investigation, he replied they’ve received no notification from the special counsel office that the president is under investigation and can’t imagine a scenario in which the president wouldn’t be aware of it.
Sekulow’s latest remarks seem to contradict President Trump’s June 16th tweet in which he admitted that he is being investigated and called it a witch hunt, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
President Trump admitted during an interview in early May with Lester Holt that he was thinking about “this Russian thing” when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey’s June 8th Testimony Before Senate Intelligence Committee
James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8th that during a meeting with President Trump at Trump Tower, he assured the president that the FBI wasn’t personally investigating him over their investigation about Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election and there was no counter-intelligence case on him.
Comey later said in his testimony that during a March 30th phone call with President Trump, he described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country and asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.”
Comey also said during his Senate testimony that the president’s former national security adviser General Michael Flynn was in “serious legal jeopardy” when the president asked him to let General Flynn go from the FBI probe that was part of the larger FBI investigation related to Russian interference.
“There was an open FBI criminal investigation of his statements in connection with the Russian contacts and the contacts themselves. And so that was my assessment at the time” Comey said in his Senate testimony about the president.
Asked if the president was trying to obstruct justice, or just seek for a way for Mike Flynn to save face, given he had already been fired, Comey avoided giving an answer before the Senate Intelligence Committee and said that a special counsel will try to determine if his intention was sufficient to pursue obstruction of justice.
“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense.” Comey said.
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