Did Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice? | The Tylt
Donald Trump's stunning dismissal of FBI Director James Comey continues to rattle the political world. If the president dismissed Comey to stifle the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, he may have committed obstruction of justice. Amidst conflicting reports, the president insists he fired Comey because of gross incompetence. But Trump also told Lester Holt that he asked Comey if he himself was under investigation, another major no-no. Did the president obstruct justice?
Did Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice?
Matthew Iglesias says that "by firing James Comey, Trump has put impeachment on the table."
There needs to be a separate investigation — featuring sworn testimony from the key players and subpoenas of documents — into why Comey was fired. Was it because Trump was trying to obstruct justice?
But the National Review cautioned against political witch hunts. The Democrats were until very recently calling for Comey's resignation.
The knee-jerk impulse of Democrats to impute the decision to a potential conspiracy to cover up a crime committed by Trump tells us all we need to know about what’s wrong with our political culture in 2017.
Others say the evidence of obstruction is irrefutable.
It's now totally clear that Trump's firing of Comey was an obstruction of justice. That was the first Article of Impeachment against Nixon.— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 11, 2017
The president has called all of this uproar political hypocrisy.
Dems have been complaining for months & months about Dir. Comey. Now that he has been fired they PRETEND to be aggrieved. Phony hypocrites!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017
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