According to a report on CNN today, former FBI Director James Comey is expected to publicly testify in front of Congress that he thinks that Donald Trump purposefully tried to interfere in the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s Ppresidential election.
Comey, who agreed yesterday to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee sometime after Memorial Day, now thinks that the President was trying to influence his judgment in the FBI probe when he asked the FBI head to “let this go”, referring to the activities of fired former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
With the revelation that Trump bragged to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their visit to the White House that firing Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him, it’s not a surprising conclusion to reach.
According to legal experts, whether Trump’s attempt to influence the investigation rises to the level of criminal obstruction of justice hinges on the question of intent. The President has made numerous statements in the last few weeks that has made his motivations for firing Comey very obvious.
Besides the careless boasting to his Russian pals, Trump admitted in a nationally televised interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that he had decided to fire the FBI Director before receiving a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending that he do so.
The intent to obstruct justice seems pretty clear based on these admissions, and now the nation and the world waits anxiously for Comey’s testimony and its hopefully inevitable results.
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