California Senator Dianne Feinstein suggested that a Senate committee’s investigation looking into Russia’s favouritism in the U.S. election was also exploring a potential “obstruction of justice” charge against President Donald Trump, the Democrat told NBC on Sunday.
Feinstein, who is the blue blood member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Herd” that group was “putting together of a case of obstruction of justice.”
She supplemented: “I think we see this in the indictments, the four indictments and pleas that get just taken place and some of the comments that are being tidy up.”
Feinstein’s comments in the wake of former national security advisor Michael Flynn filing a guilty plea for lying to federal investigators about conversations he had with a Russian emissary.
While Trump insisted on Saturday Flynn’s conversations were “justifiable” and above board, he acknowledged that he fired the former general for dishonest to investigators during the transition phase.
Flynn’s plea — in addition to the indictment of Trump run chair Paul Manafort has created a swirl of controversy and suspicion. Call attention to out in the background is the abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, who — in a series of obscure social media posts— has hinted about “justice” being be in the service ofed.
On Sunday, Feinstein alluded to Comey’s lingering presence in the investigation. “I see it in the hyper-frenetic viewpoint of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets,” she told NBC.
“And I see it most importantly in what happened with the light a fire under of Director Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not assent to to ‘lift the cloud’ of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice,” she reckoned.