Former FBI director James Comey stated during an interview on ABC that there is evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed justice.
During the interview with ABC’s host George Stephanopoulos which aired Sunday, Comey stated that there’s “certainly some evidence” that President Trump obstructed justice when Stephanopoulos asked him regarding the investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
“It would depend and — and I’m just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent,” Comey said.
Comey’s comments are the result of the alleged controversial conversion between him and Trump where the President told the still-at-the-time FBI director that he hopes Comey can let go of the investigation. The meeting apparently took place on February 14, just one day after Flynn resigned. Trump said Flynn was a “good guy,” Comey said.
“I just said, ‘I agree he’s a good guy,’ … And so then full-stop. And there was a brief pause. And then the meeting was over,” Comey said in the interview.
Stephanopoulos asked Comey if he should have told Trump that was inappropriate, which Comey said was a fair criticism.
“Although, as I’ve thought about it since, if he didn’t know he was doing something improper, why did he kick out the attorney general and the vice president of the United States and the leaders of the intelligence community?” Comey said. “I mean, why am I alone if he’s — doesn’t know the nature of the request?”
Obstruction of justice is the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process.