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Top Judiciary Dem nails Trump: "That's obstruction of justice."

Donald Trump can keep repeating his “no collusion” mantra as much as he wants, but it becomes clearer by the day that the case for obstruction of justice is anything but fake news. After disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to charges of lying to the FBI in the course of […]

By Alison R. Parker - December 03, 2017
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Dianne Feinstein
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Donald Trump can keep repeating his “no collusion” mantra as much as he wants, but it becomes clearer by the day that the case for obstruction of justice is anything but fake news.

After disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to charges of lying to the FBI in the course of the Russia investigation, the White House immediately went into panic mode, canceling a scheduled media availability with Trump.

The next tactic was to try to blame President Barack Obama for Flynn’s misdeeds, something former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper dismissed as “absolutely absurd.”

Trump managed to keep quiet for nearly a whole day, and when he finally commented, he restrained himself to merely a mealy-mouthed “we’ll see” regarding his continued support for Flynn.

But then he logged in to Twitter.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” Trump tweeted, indicating that he knew about Flynn’s dishonesty when he pressured FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn — something numerous intelligence officials and lawmakers noted was essentially a stunning admission of obstruction of justice.

And the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee agrees with that assessment.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein did not mince words when asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd Sunday morning for her response to Trump’s tweets, as well as to the newly-revealed emails which emerged Saturday, showing that Trump campaign transition adviser K.T. McFarland said that Russia had “thrown the USA election” to Trump. The emails also showed that Flynn was not a lone wolf in his duplicity; multiple members of the transition team were working with him.

“I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein, who also sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, declared.

“I think we see this in the indictments, the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place, and some of the comments that are being made,” she continued.

“I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets,” Feinstein went on. “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.”

With indictments and guilty pleas now ensnaring multiple members of Trump’s inner circle, and with special counsel Robert Mueller appearing to zero in ever closer, Trump’s desperate tweets and the scatterbrained messaging from his White House are growing increasingly obvious.

The case for obstruction of justice has never been stronger, and Trump has only himself and his Twitter habit to blame for that.


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