Democrats eager to find any reason to mention President Donald Trump and “impeachment” in the same sentence are hoping to use former FBI director James Comey’s Senate testimony next week to gain proof that the president obstructed justice if/when he pressured the official. Not the same thing, says one legal expert.
Writing for National Review, former assistant U.S. attorney and contributing editor Andrew McCarthy reminds readers that obstructing an FBI investigation is a felony, but pressuring an official isn’t a crime.
From his piece:
It may very well be that former FBI director James Comey is prepared to testify, consistent with a leaked report of a memorandum written to himself, that he felt President Trump pressured him to drop the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national-security adviser.
Even if this were true, it would not mean Comey believed the president had committed felony obstruction. No one grasps this better than the former FBI director himself.
Comey is scheduled to speak to senators on June 8.
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said Friday that the president is still considering whether he should use executive privilege to block the testimony.
She said: “We’ll be watching with the rest of the world when director Comey testifies. The last time he testified under oath, the FBI had to scurry to correct it. He was off by hundredsof thousands in his count, his sworn testimony count of the number of information –the number of e-mails Huma Abedin sent to her husband, Anthony Weiner.”
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