A Former Top Federal Prosecutor Just Said There’s Evidence To Begin An Obstruction Of Justice Case Against Trump
Here’s what’s going on in Washington this week:
- Former FBI director James Comey told Congress on Thursday that he was fired because of the Russia investigation. “I was fired because of the Russia investigation … to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted. That is a very big deal.”
- Comey testified about meetings he had with the president prior to being fired, and said that he made detailed memos of those meetings because he was afraid Trump would “lie” about their private conversations. He also said the administration “chose to defame me” about why he was fired.
- The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the chief of the National Security Agency, Michael Rogers, declined on Wednesday to detail their conversations with President Trump, but said they never felt pressured to drop the Russia probe. The Washington Post reported that Trump asked Coats to intervene in the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
- Preet Bharara, a former top federal prosecutor who was fired by Trump, says he’s had “unusual” conversations with the president that were similar to those Comey had. Bharara said there is enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump.
- Tensions between Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have grown severe after Sessions recused himself from any investigation involving Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the president’s campaign, ABC News reported. Sessions offered to resign, but Trump rejected the offer.
- Sessions will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday to answer questions about Comey’s testimony, and his role in the former FBI director’s firing.