CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin reacted on Wednesday to ousted FBI Director James Comey’s pre-filed testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee by saying that if this isn’t evidence of obstruction of justice, then he doesn’t know what is.
Comey is scheduled to testify on Thursday before the Senate committee investigating President Donald Trump’s possible involvement in Russia’s effort to meddle in the 2016 election. He pre-filed the content of his testimony on Wednesday for review.
In it, Mediaite.com said, he detailed an interaction he had with the president in which Trump asked Comey to “let go” of the investigation of disgraced former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn:
The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”
Comey added, “I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.”
On CNN, Toobin responded by saying, “If this isn’t obstruction of justice, I don’t know what is.”
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