President Donald Trump has said that he revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan because of his comments on the investigation into Trump’s collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
In the case of Trump’s retaliation against Brennan, who is retired, there is not yet a lawsuit or investigation.
However, Trump is now reportedly making plans to target other current and former officials. And that could lead him straight into a legal morass, according to former federal prosecutor Elie Honig.
Appearing as an analyst on Brian Williams’s MSNBC show, Honig explained that retaliating against a witness be a federal offense.
“The revocation of Brennan’s security clearance is a new angle here, and I think the president is getting into even more dangerous ground,” he said. “I think we’re all familiar with the concept of obstruction of justice. But what I don’t know that everybody understands is that it’s also a crime to retaliate against someone who is a witness.”
Brennan is probably not a witness, Honig said, but someone like former FBI director James Comey certainly isa “crucial witness.”
“Its is a federal crime, §1513 if anyone wants to look it up, to retaliate against someone for providing truthful information to law enforcement,” he said. “So he’s getting closer and closer to really dangerous ground here. ”
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Following Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court, Todd reminded Blunt that Republicans had blocked former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination because it was an election year.
"You have no qualms about doing this before the election?" Todd asked. "You've seen, polling is pretty overwhelming on this issue. A large majority of the American public do not believe this president before the election should make this pick and it should be whoever wins the election."
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With Cotton glibly commenting he expected a peaceful transfer of power “in January 2025, after President Trump finishes his second term,” Tapper pressed him about the president's comments.
“You’re not at all disturbed by what he’s saying about if the ballots aren’t counted? " the CNN host asked. "It is really quite alarming to a lot of Republicans his refusal to say, 'of course, if I lose, I will abide by a peaceful transfer of power.'”