Thursday, May 11, 2017

Obstruction of Justice

I want to give a huge "well done" to Josh Marshall, at Talking Points Memo, for catching the following statement by Donald Trump, in a CNN interview today.  So far, nobody else seems to have grasped the significance of what Trump says, or as is probably the case, the mainstream press is just ignoring it.

"I was going to fire Comey knowing, there was no good time to do it.  And in fact, when I decided to do it, I said to myself, I said you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won."

As Marshall suggests, this is explicit confession of obstruction of justice, a crime which easily forms legitimate grounds for impeachment.

Well, throw it in the scrap heap with the dozens of other grounds for impeachment which this traitor has piled up in the last three months, because we know damned well that his Republican buddies don't give a damn about anything but rewarding their backers for paying to keep them in office.  Still, it's best to keep track of just how far out of control the Republican government is.

Dictatorship, American style.  This is what it looks like, folks.  How many more days will it be before people who stand up to Trump just start disappearing, like they do in Russia?

Update:  The following remark is from Samuel W. Buell, a Duke University law professor and former prosecutor.  Just his opinion at this point, but still interesting:

“If this were an actual criminal investigation — in other words, if there were a prosecutor and a defense lawyer in the picture — this would draw a severe phone call to counsel warning that the defendant is at serious risk of indictment if he continues to speak to witnesses. Thus, this is also definitive evidence that Trump is not listening to counsel and perhaps not even talking to counsel. Unprecedented in the modern presidency.”

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