CNN’s Toobin: “There may well be obstruction of justice, absolutely”

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the network’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin if there was any crime committed when Donald Trump told then- FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Toobin’s response: “There may well be obstruction of justice, absolutely.”

Toobin’s comments came in response to Comey’s written testimony released today, in anticipation of his appearance before the US Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow (Thursday June 8). In his testimony, Comey repeated his claim that Trump asked him to drop the investigation of Flynn.

Here is a snippet of Comey’s written testimony:

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”

And here’s Jeffrey Toobin on the obstruction of justice charge:


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  • 1nancy2

    When repubs shut the Gov’t down for 3 weeks and taxpayers paid 23 bill., I thought they were toast. Nope, they came back and won, big time. Repubs have been honing their hate skills for years and are #1. They will just keep right on winning; I’ll be shocked if they don’t. Nasty people, but own the entire country. Dems are useless cowards. Sad.

  • brel1

    “You can fool all the people some of the time,
    and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people
    all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
    We can only hope.

  • John, the next Tee-shirt needs to be Trump, drawn like Ted Rall did Bush, with stickies of all his scandals, and “Nevertheless, she persisted!”

  • Underfret

    “duh” on steroids.

  • Badgerite

    Last time I checked, “He’s a good guy” is not a valid reason to drop a legitimate investigation as to violations of law. You might raise that in the sentencing phase of a case. But to use that as a reason to “drop and investigation” is simply obstruction of justice. It was improper period. Any mention of the case to the FBI Director and certainly one where he advocated for the investigation to be dropped because the target was “a good guy” is an attempt to obstruct that valid investigation, per se. There is no other way to read this. GOP Congress people pretending otherwise does not make it so.

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  • fry1laurie

    “There may well be obstruction of justice, absolutely.”
    The biggest “duhhhh” statement of the year.

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