Trump Just Made The ‘Obstruction of Justice’ Case Against Him a Lot Stronger
To say that president Donald Trump is panicking over Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election and any direct links to his campaign, is an understatement.
In fact, Trump is so desperate to change the subject that he and his allies in Congress, along with Fox News propagandist Sean Hannity, are now bombarding the media with claims of a supposed Hillary Clinton connection to a Russia uranium deal from seven years ago. But provide no evidence.
Trump called the uranium deal “the real Russia story” and a scandal like “Watergate, modern age” and is trying to convince his followers that the investigation into his campaign ties to Russia is over, which is false.
“It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday. “It was collusion with HC!” — meaning Hillary Clinton.
It is now commonly agreed, after many months of COSTLY looking, that there was NO collusion between Russia and Trump. Was collusion with HC!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
To make matters worse, a senior White House advisor confirmed Friday that President Trump personally ordered the Justice Department to allow an FBI informant to testify before Congress about Russian efforts to enter the U.S. energy market during the Obama administration, the LA Times reports.
By getting involved, however, the president seems to have ignored long-standing restrictions put in place after the Watergate-era abuses of the Nixon years to limit White House involvement in criminal law enforcement matters, making the case of “obstruction of justice” against him a lot easier to prosecute for Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is also investigating whether Trump may have tried to obstruct justice, including by his firing of James Comey.
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that president Trump told Russian officials his firing of FBI Director James Comey relieved “great pressure” on him, calling the former FBI chief a “nut job.”
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said according to a report based on a summary of the meeting obtained by the Times.
Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Trump in the White House on May 10, when the alleged conversation occurred
The White House was unapologetic about Trump’s actions.
“It is not unusual for a president to weigh in,” Trump’s senior advisor, Kellyanne Conway, said on CNN on Friday, refuting numerous legal analysts who say otherwise.
“He believes — and many others do — frankly, that the FBI informant should be free to say what he knows,” Conway told anchor Alisyn Camerota.
Conway on lifting an FBI informant's gag order: "We should all be interested in knowing what this person knows" https://t.co/s5DjdHaMkw
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 27, 2017
Despite investigations that found no wrongdoing, Trump keeps pointing to the Obama administration’s approval of the 2010 sale of U.S. uranium mines to a company backed by the Russian government as an example of Hillary Clinton’s helping the Russians.
On Tuesday, in an effort to make a scandal out of thin air, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said his panel and the House Oversight Committee would launch an investigation into the Uranium One deal.