Feinstein: Looks Like Mueller Building a ‘Case of Obstruction of Justice’
By Cathy Burke
Top Senate Democrats said Sunday they believe special counsel Robert Mueller may be building an obstruction of justice case that could implicate President Donald Trump.
In separate interviews, California Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff weighed in on indictments and guilty pleas already delivered in the probe of Russia interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
“What we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NBC News’ “Meet The Press.”
“I think we see this in the indictments… and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made,” she added, referring to those of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates and charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign adviser Geroge Papadopoulos, who both pleaded guilty to lying.
“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 [former] 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.”
Trump has denied telling Comey to drop his investigation of Flynn.
Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, told ABC’s “This Week” that Flynn might tell investigators that others in Trump’s inner circle — or even the president himself — ordered conversations with the Russians meant to undermine the Obama administration’s sanctions.
“The more that he was involved in directing this, in being knowledgeable of it, the stronger the case of potential obstruction becomes,” Schiff said of Trump.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union,” the prospect that Trump’s decision to fire Comey could amount to obstruction of justice will likely come from Mueller.
“That’s why I think you’re going to see much more coming from the special prosecutor,” he said.