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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