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Adam Schiff On James Comey Testimony - There Was Clearly Obstruction Of Justice

The former FBI director’s Thursday-morning testimony on Capitol Hill provided proof that President Trump attempted to interfere in a federal investigation, according to a prominent Democratic congressman.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, declared that James Comey’s revelations to the Senate Intelligence Committee were “certainly evidence” that Trump committed obstruction of justice. “There’s not a judge in the land that would exclude it as not relevant to the question of obstruction,” Schiff said on “CBS This Morning.”

The lawmaker was referring to Comey’s allegation that during a one-on-one dinner meeting, the president asked him to quash the FBI probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The inquiry was part of the bureau’s larger investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

“To say that doesn’t constitute some evidence of obstruction, I think you’d have to be willfully looking the other direction,” Schiff said. He claimed that “the single best piece of evidence” of the charge is that before Trump made the request concerning Flynn, he told everyone else to leave the Oval Office. “The president signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone,” Comey wrote in his opening statement to the committee. “Why do that unless you’re conscious that what you’re about to ask is not an appropriate request?”

Schiff pointed out that Trump ensured there would be no witnesses to the conversation. “Who would be able to corroborate this testimony,” the congressman asked, noting that investigators must rely on memos Comey wrote immediately following his talks with the president. The ex-director explained that he kept the notes because he “knew there might come a day when I needed a record of what happened.” He said he was afraid that Trump would lie about what was said. The president recently tweeted that there may be “tapes” of the conversations. “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said during his testimony.

He slammed Trump and other White House officials for criticizing him and the bureau. “They chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said. “Those were lies, plain and simple.”

Regarding the reason he was fired, Comey remarked that he would take the president “at his word” that the decision was designed to thwart the FBI investigation. The administration initially claimed the director lost his job because of the manner in which he oversaw the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices. Later, however, Trump revealed that the Russian inquiry was at least a factor. He told NBC News’ Lester Holt, as well as Russian government officials with whom he met in the Oval Office, that he sacked Comey to relieve the “pressure” of the investigation.

Comey predicted that Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to coordinate all the federal probes involving Trump and Russia, will ultimately determine whether there was collusion.

Source: CBS News
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