A U.S. solicitor general of the Obama-era is arguing that the White House has “engaged in unprecedented obstruction” of the Ukraine investigation.
Law professor Neal Katyal told MSNBC that the Trump administration’s approach to the ongoing impeachment inquiry was “in many ways even worse” than former President Richard Nixon’s alleged obstruction of the impeachment investigation amid the Watergate scandal, Newsweek reported.
His comments come as the White House has sought to block administration staffers from delivering depositions before the ongoing House impeachment inquiry.
Speaking to the network’s The Last Word show on Wednesday night, Katyal claimed that the evidence against Trump was “all there,” and compared missing testimonies from John Bolton and a “whole bunch of other people” to gravy—a helpful extra but not essential.
“This White House is engaged in unprecedented obstruction, in many ways even worse than President Nixon during Watergate,” Katyal later said. “They’ve gagged every single executive branch employee from going and testifying.”
In his new book Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump, released on Tuesday November 26, Katyal argues that President Donald Trump could be charged with obstructing justice around investigations into his conduct, according to MSNBC.
He further claims in Impeach that charges of bribery and abusing the public trust by soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election could also be brought against the commander-in-chief.