If perhaps Donald Trump thought he could continually try to stick his nose into the numerous investigations of what happened during the 2016 election without any repercussions, he was sadly mistaken.
On Saturday, Trump decided to tweet out this:
I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
But if the president knew Flynn had lied and then attempted to end the FBI investigation of the matter — which former FBI Director James Comey has testified under oath Trump did — then it certainly appears they can make the case that Trump tried to obstruct justice.
Sunday on Meet the Press, Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) revealed that her committee is indeed building a strong case for obstruction against the president:
“The [Senate] Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice.”
Feinstein added that recent indictments and guilty pleas in the Russia case which were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller also suggest obstruction:
“I think we see this in the indictments, the four indictments, and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made.”
The California Democrat also drew a clear line between the president, his actions, his tweets, and the way he suddenly fired Comey when the FBI chief refused to back down:
“I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of [FBI Director James] Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to ‘lift the cloud’ of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice.”
Feinstein’s comments were echoed by Senator Mark Warner (R-Va.), who remarked:
“This president has been obsessed with this investigation, always saying there’s nothing there, but each week another shoe drops, where we see more evidence of continuing outreach from Russians and some response from the Trump campaign and Trump individuals.”
If there’s truly nothing there, as Trump alleges, why doesn’t he agree to cooperate fully with all of the investigations? His actions speak much louder than his fake assertions.