Feinstein: Mueller is Building Obstruction Case Against Trump

By on December 4, 2017
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) says that she believes special counsel Robert Mueller is methodically building a case that supports the assertion that the president has obstructed justice in trying to interfere with the FBI’s investigation of Michael Flynn and other elements of the Russia probe.

“What we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein said that Flynn’s guilty plea, along with the guilty plea for former Trump campaign member George Papadopolous and the indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, point to an obstruction case being built.

We already know that both Flynn and Papdoplous made contacts with the Russians — reportedly at the behest of the Trump campaign — and lied to FBI investigators about those contacts. We also know that, in Flynn’s case, Trump allegedly asked former FBI Director James Comey to “let it go” in reference to the investigation into the former national security adviser’s lying to the FBI.

Feinstein said she believes Comey was fired because he wouldn’t end the probe into Flynn and the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia.

“It is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation,” Feinstein said. “That’s obstruction of justice.”

She also said that the Judiciary Committee is conducting its own obstruction investigation.

It’s hard to believe that Flynn would have made contact with the Russians on his own volition — an assessment that Feinstein says she shares, saying that he “had to have been directed” by the campaign to make such contacts. Now that Flynn is a cooperating witness and has, to a degree, already implicated members of the Trump campaign and transition team, it will be interesting to see where that direction ultimately came from.