Ex-Watergate Prosecutor: The Pieces Of The Puzzle Fit Together And They Spell ‘Obstruction Of Justice’
Appearing on MSNBC’s Thursday, former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks said she believes there is enough evidence to bring an obstruction-of-justice case against President Trump over his firing of FBI Director James Comey last year.
Addressing the expanding Russia investigation that has defined the Trump presidency, Wine-Banks told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that she believes she could bring a successful case against Trump, adding that there is “so much evidence” that Trump meant to obstruct the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia by firing Comey.
“I was asked in May whether I thought I could make an obstruction case, I said ‘I thought I could’ … I know I can,” she told MSNBC.
“There is so much evidence now, and as was said, it’s not one piece, it’s the total picture. The pieces of the puzzle are fitting together and they spell obstruction,” Wine-Banks said.
“You don’t need an underlying crime for the crime of obstruction,” she added. “To impede an investigation, whether you were part of the original crime or not, you have committed a separate crime: Obstruction of justice.”
The former Watergate investigator has also pointed to Trump and other Republicans’ frequent attacks on FBI agents’ integrity as “witness intimidation.”
“It is also a possible obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, and it’s obstructing justice by saying to agents, ‘You better not dig too deep, you better not find anything because I will attack you,'” she said in December.
“And this is the president of the United States, it is congressmen who have a national audience and can make people’s lives miserable,” she said.
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Former Watergate prosecutor @JillWineBanks: "I know I can" make an obstruction case against Trump. "The pieces of the puzzle are fitting together and they spell obstruction." #inners pic.twitter.com/Iaz5ILzlei
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