Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) made an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Thursday where he expressed his concern of Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, saying that it could be an “impeachable offense.”
“If the president fired Comey because he asked for loyalty and hadn’t gotten it, because he had asked him to ease off on the investigation of [Michael] Flynn — because in effect he was asking him to ease off the investigation of possible collusion by the Trump campaign with the Russians in subverting the election — that would be obstruction of justice which is an impeachable offense,” Nadler said.
According to multiple reports last month, Trump asked Comey to dismiss the FBI’s investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The reports stated that Comey kept a memo that revealed the president’s improper attempts to influence his agency’s investigation into Russian election interference.
Nadler said obstruction of justice is about intent, not success.
“An obstruction of justice does not have to be effective — it is an intent-based crime,” he said.
“And that would be a very serious thing to attribute to the president.”
— New Day (@NewDay) June 1, 2017