Comey: Trump ‘Possibly’ Committed Obstruction of Justice by Telling Me to Stop Flynn Investigation
During his big interview with George Stephanopoulos, James Comey said President Donald Trump potentially obstructed justice by asking him to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In one of the former FBI director’s memos from last year, Comey stated that president approached him to talk about the probe into Flynn, which was opened after the retired general lied to Vice President Mike Pence. As Comey recalled the conversation with the president, he reiterated his claim that Trump expressed hope he would “let [Flynn] go.”
While Trump has claimed he never said anything to that effect, Comey says he took those alleged comments to mean that the president was implicitly giving him direction to stop a criminal investigation.
“His words were ‘I hope you can let it go.’ But the context where everyone’s been kicked out, and it was just the two of us, the President of the United States, I took the expression of hope as, ‘This is what I want you to do.'”
Comey said that maybe in retrospect he should’ve told Trump he was acting in an improper manner which flirted with obstruction of justice.
“It’s one of these deals where even though I knew something important was going to happen, it didn’t occur to me he was going to ask me to drop a criminal investigation,” Comey said.
When Stephanopoulos asked him to clarify whether Trump was obstructing justice, Comey answered, “Possibly…It’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice. It would depend — and I’m just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor — it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent.”
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