I thought the news dropped a bombshell yesterday.
Report: Trump Told Russians He Fired ‘Nut Job’ Comey Because Of Investigation
If you’re anything like me you’ve been reading up on what fairly amounts to obstruction of justice. And you just picked your jaw off the floor. But first, the statutory reveries of the New York Times:
There have been comparisons of Mr. Trump’s statements to the Watergate cover-up that toppled President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. The “smoking gun” recording in that case, however, was much more incriminating as Mr. Nixon told H. R. Halderman, his chief of staff, six days after the break-in that the C.I.A. needed to tell the F.B.I. “don’t go any further into this case.”
Okay, boss. Post after post, time after time, I keep coming across the same thing.
2.) And the intent?
3.) At the time, what was his intent?
Whether Mr. Trump could be found to have the requisite intent is not clear from the memorandum Mr. Comey is reported to have written about their conversation in February. Asking the F.B.I. director to “let this go” regarding Mr. Flynn is the type of ambiguous comment that might not be interpreted as directly interfering in the investigation, and therefore insufficient to establish a corrupt intent.
Quote: “…ambiguous comment that might not be interpreted as directly interfering in the investigation, and therefore insufficient to establish a corrupt intent.” The take-home is that until you can get inside The Donald’s head and see he meant to impede the investigation, proving obstruction is nearly impossible.
Washington (CNN)– President Donald Trump bragged to two top Russian officials last week that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him, The New York Times reported Friday.
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak came one day after Comey was fired…
This is “intent”, right? Anyone? Bueller? Looks to me like a confession. It’s as if he just remembered to send the hangman’s noose out for gilding. If you want to know why Trump acted the way he did, I’d start there.
Am I the only one amazed by this?
And in the wake of a Friday New York Times report in which Trump is said to have told the Russians “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” after firing Comey, Toobin believes a statement like that might just be an admission of guilt.
“If you just parse the words that Donald Trump says, it does seem very close to a confession of obstruction of justice,” Toobin said. “He is talking about James Comey, who was investigating him and his campaign in connection with the whole Russia campaign matter, and he says ‘I fired him and the pressure’s off.’ It doesn’t seem much more complicated than that.”
Okay, me and Jeffrey Toobin. Now all we need is is about a dozen red state Senators, which shouldn’t be all that hard… *whistles*