Did Trump obstruct justice? Trump’s opposition says so. Is it true, however?
Attorneys weigh in on the latest Trump controversy being promoted by the mainstream media. This time, the scandal revolves around the now infamous Comey memo. Allegedly, former FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo after a conversation with President Donald Trump. In such memo, Comey claims Trump told him to forget about the inquiry into the “Russia thing.”
Some claim it is an obstruction of justice.
While some could misconstrue it that way, many are ignoring the fact that it was a memo written by a party present. However, no one can be sure if Trump’s meaning was to obstruct justice or merely offer a suggestion that the case was useless.
A Few Never Trump Republicans on Board for Impeachment Talks
A small number of “Never Trump” Republicans are now considering investigating Trump for an obstruction of justice charge.
Republicans chose words wisely when they suggested such because impeachment is a strong word to use regarding any presidential actions.
Republican Justin Amash (Michigan), states that if the Comey memo is accurate and obstruction was at play, then impeachment is likely. However, Amash has never been a full supporter of Trump. His speech came one day after the New York Times broke the story about the Comey memo and the conversation Comey had with President Trump over Flynn.
Amash says the details of the memo, if true, warrant impeachment proceedings. Will this ultimately backfire on Amash? Trump supporters are already organizing to remove anti-Trump Republicans like Amash in the next primaries.
Where is the Memo, Though?
Everyone has heard of the alleged contents, but where is the memo?
The Senate Committee invited Comey to testify on reports that Trump allegedly told Comey to stop his investigation into Michael Flynn, former national security advisor, reports the NY Times.
During a speech at the Coast Guard Academy, Trump highlights how he is a victim of the media, and possibly correct. The media published the story on the memo, but did not offer any key wording or show the memo. Instead, their reports feature only that of an inside resource telling reporters what the memo allegedly contains.
Comey is now invited to testify in a closed and open door committee meeting. Now, Comey can clear the air and either prove the contents are true or put it into context and put media allegations to rest.
The Senators feel Comey has a right to explain. Some feel Comey has no reason to lie in his memo, but others feel the memo report comes out of context.
The committee requests that Andrew McCabe, acting FBI Director in place of Comey, hand over all documents and memos given to him by Comey upon his departure.
The House Oversight Committee requests all materials related to President Trump and Comey interactions, and both committees state they may issue subpoenas for the documents if they are not handed over.
It Could be Nothing, Really
Even if the Comey memo exists and proves some sort of obstructive intent, it might not be enough to impeach Trump with a Republican Congress. Either way, how many presidents in the past were accused of obstruction and remained seated?
Nixon and Clinton for starters.
Various levels of government oversee so-called obstructions of justice. The laws fit the federal statute, which is clear that no one can corrupt or impede an official investigation. While Trump was possibly influencing Comey, the attempt was unlikely corruptive in nature. Instead, Comey may just be engaging in backlash against his firing.
Unfortunately, “corrupt” is loosely interpreted and comes down to the political landscape. The real question is whether a coalition of Democrats, Never Trumpers, and establishment Republicans are able to persuade the rest of the Republican Congress to take down Trump.