Constitutional Crisis or Obstruction of Justice? Toobin and Turley Debate Comey Firing


Jeffrey Toobin and Jonathan Turley are both highly respected legal minds, and in the wake of President Trump‘s recent firing of former FBI Director James Comey, it was smart for New Day producers to have both on CNN to try to unpack just where this bombshell of a story will ultimately go.

Toobin has been a full-throated critic of the way that this administration has acted — especially with the Comey firing — and opened by calling it a “grave abuse of presidential power,” suggesting that, since Trump effectively admitted to sacking Comey to get rid of the Russia investigation, it was also “obstruction of justice.”

Turley, however, did not see it quite this way. While he agreed that recent events amounted to a “political crisis,” he dismissed the constitutional crisis as both inaccurate and cathartic for the White House critics. Turley, who is a very well regarded legal professor who’s positions appear to transcend traditional political lines, was far more cautious in his assessment.

“What the president did was very disturbing” Turley claimed, before arguing that there is not yet evidence of obstruction of justice.

Host Chris Cuomo veered the discussion to the President’s interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt in which he appeared to admit to firing Comey because he wanted to end the Russia investigation. The president’s elliptical manner of speaking makes it very difficult to prove that, which is the point that Turley was effectively making.

Nonetheless, we find ourselves Monday morning, just six days after the White House dismissed Comey, and it’s clear that this story isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of CNN.

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