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Senate panel building obstruction case against Trump: Feinstein

The Senate’s investigation into Russian election meddling is crafting a possible obstruction of justice case against President Trump, the panel’s top Democrat said Sunday.

The case has become clearer after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on Friday, said Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The panel “has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” she told “Meet the Press.”

Trump suggested in a Saturday tweet that he “had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI.”

Trump tweet sparks claims he admitted to obstruction of justice

Feinstein said the Senate panel is building an obstruction of justice case over Comey's firing. 

Feinstein said the Senate panel is building an obstruction of justice case over Comey’s firing. 

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Critics argued that Saturday’s tweet — reportedly crafted by Trump attorney John Dowd — may have revealed that Trump committed obstruction of justice if he tried to stall the investigation while knowing that Flynn had lied to the FBI.

Feinstein believes that could’ve influence Trump’s decision to ax FBI Director James Comey in May.

“I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director Comey, and 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.”

Comey, in a memo, said Trump asked him to consider “letting this go, letting Flynn go” during a Feb. 14 meeting.

But Trump now says the exchange didn’t happened.

“I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. “Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia's ambassador.

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about phone calls with Russia’s ambassador.

Trump later fired off another tweet accusing Comey of poor leadership at the bureau — particularly his highly criticized handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

“After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters – worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness,” he tweeted.

Several lawmakers said they believed Comey’s side of the story.

“I believe FBI Director Comey,” who also testified about the discussion, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told CNN’S “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Former Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, also told the network Comey’s testimony about the request was indeed “credible.”  

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