US Senate Investigating Trump For Obstruction Of Justice In Comey Firing, In Addition To Russia/Trump Collusion

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A Senate investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election has revealed a possible obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on “Meet The Press” Sunday.

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“The [Senate] Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, said.

 

“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,” Feinstein added, referencing the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, who face charges that include conspiracy and money laundering that were uncovered during Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation into potential links between Trump and Russia. Also charged in connection to the Mueller investigation are Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, who both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

 

“I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director [James] 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,” Feinstein said.

 

Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey earlier this year in the midst of the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference into the 2016 presidential election.

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting just one of a number of congressional investigations that touch the fallout from Russia’s alleged election interference, including active probes in both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. The Judiciary Committee’s purview has focused on oversight of the Justice Department and the FBI.

 

Feinstein, who is also a member of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, said that she does not believe Flynn acted as a “rogue agent” in his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, communication that was the subject of Flynn’s guilty plea in federal court on Friday for making false statements to the FBI.

 

Court documents showed that Flynn was urged by two transition officials to contact Russians, and sources have told NBC News that those officials are Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and K.T. McFarland, who later served as deputy national security adviser in the White House.

 

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who is also a member of the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, said in an interview Sunday it’s still unclear whether or not there was any form of collusion between Russians and people in Trump’s orbit.

But added, she wants to hear from Flynn.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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