The Obstruction Of Justice Case Is Rock Solid Against Trump
Has Donald Trump obstructed justice? Let us count all the ways, if that’s humanly possible:
#1: Firing FBI Director James Comey. Trump admitted in an interview that he did it over “the Russia thing,” and made comments to Russian officials that he did it to take the pressure off him on the Russian investigation. We don’t know how much more clearly you can obstruct justice than fire the guy investigating you.
#2: Witness intimidation with our favorite pet tweet, Tweeticide. In threatening James Comey when Comey was scheduled to testify before the Senate, Trump again interfered with a federal investigation.
#3: Petitioning the Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats, and the Director of the National Security Agency, Michael Rogers, in a bid to publicly deny the existence of any evidence in what the FBI was investigating. Not only does Trump incriminate himself here, but he attempts to drag two other government officials into the same crime.
#4: Trump also met with James Comey prior to firing him to implore him to drop his investigation. This wasn’t a friendly favor. This was the president of the United States abusing his power to browbeat a subordinate into dropping a legitimate investigation into his wrongdoing.
#5: Let’s not forget the firing of Sally Yates, and the Twitter threats against her testimony. Yates as acting Attorney General was the very first casualty in Trump’s attempted cover-up. Trump didn’t fire Yates merely because she objected to his anti-Muslim bill. Trump fired Yates because she was blowing the whistle on Flynn.
Even if Trump had done nothing else wrong (ha ha ha), this is still five separate counts of Obstruction. As WaPo puts it, Trump isn’t just open to being charged, he’s practically begging for it.