Former assistant special Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell this past Friday night that he sees no way for the President to get around a case of obstruction of justice in light of the Thursday testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Comey testified about an early 2017 meeting with the President in which Trump tried to get him to drop the ongoing investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The Trump team has tried to defend the President by saying that President Trump didn’t mean to direct Comey to do anything by saying that he “hoped” the investigation into Flynn would be dropped.
This argument of semantics, however, is similarly ridiculous to the one peddled by the Trump team in light of the repeated court strikedowns of the Muslim targeting travel bans. The President’s team insists that they can get away with instituting the ban by not calling it a ban. Hint: they can’t, and a semantic argument isn’t going to work here either.
If the President of the United States is standing in front of you, as Comey explained, and after asking everyone else to leave the room tells you he “hopes” something gets done, the obvious conclusion is that he wants you to do that something.
And to Akerman, Comey’s testimony to this effect is one of the first big strikes against the President. To be sure, as Trump has shown time and time again while in office, he really has no idea what he’s doing, so he might not have even known that what he was doing was illegal.
Speaking to O’Donnell on Friday, Akerman said, “Comey came out and put in the first leg of the obstruction case, which is that meeting in the Oval Office.”
Akerman said that Comey’s testimony “is one of four legs of the obstruction case that we have,” with the others including “the two national security people who say that Trump called them and asked them to help stop that investigation, as well as the firing of Mr. Comey.”
Akerman commented similarly in a Thursday appearance on CNBC. At the time, he derided the suggestion that Trump is some kind of “naive waif” as “absurd.”
Check out video of Akerman’s Friday appearance on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell below.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 10, 2017
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