President Trump’s lawyer doesn’t think he can be charged with obstruction of justice, as a Senate panel allegedly builds a case against him.
The “President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,” attorney John Dowd told Axios.
Dowd on Sunday admitted to crafting one of the President’s tweets, which implied that Trump knew National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI when he fired him in February.
Critics took the message to mean that Trump admitted to blocking justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May.
“The tweet did not admit obstruction,” Dowd told Axios. “That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion.”
Michael Flynn (r.) is cooperating with special counsel Rober Mueller’s probe.
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Yet Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that the panel was building an obstruction of justice case against the President.
Particularly, she said, the case centered around Trump abruptly firing Comey.
“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 told “Meet the Press.” “That’s obstruction of justice.”
On Friday, Flynn pleaded guilty to misleading the FBI in January about conversations with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. at the time. He’s cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling.
Trump on Sunday denied asking James Comey to mull “letting this go” about Flynn.
Flynn was fired just three weeks into the Trump administration, for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about those talks during the transition.
Comey later testified that Trump asked him to consider “letting this go” about Flynn, a conversation the President on Sunday denied having.
Mueller’s lawyers have interviewed several members of Trump’s team, including his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Trump has also reportedly huddled with his legal team about whether he can pardon himself or those in his inner circle.