White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is known for hitting back hard at the media, and most everyone on both ends of the political spectrum agrees she does a better job than the previous press secretary Sean Spicer. However, Sanders grit and knack for hitting back at those who question the president and the investigation into collusion may earn the press secretary her very own shiny set of indictments.
During a press briefing, she commented that the U.S. Department of Justice should focus on prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey. She said:
‘That’s the job of the Department of Justice, and something they should certainly look at. I think if there’s ever a moment we think someone has broken the law… particularly if they’re the head of the FBI, I think that’s something that should certainly be looked at.’
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball and explained her comments could be considered obstruction of justice.
‘There’s a statute 1504 in the obstruction of justice statutes that talks about attempts to influence grand jurors, so the question to Sarah Huckabee Sanders is “Who asked you to do that? Who told you to do that?” Once you know who it is, you look to their motivation. If their motivation was to poison the reputation of James Comey with grand jurors, then you have another count in the indictment.’
He also added that Trump’s constant belligerent attacks against Comey and trash talking could also be considered an attempt at influencing grand jurors if intent could be proved. He went on to say he didn’t understand why the White House continued to talk about Comey.
‘I don’t know why this White House hasn’t stopped this stuff, but it really looks like every time they turn around, they’re sending up another invitation to Mueller to run this down and see if you can add a count.’
When reading the news about investigations and legal cases, you often see comments from those being investigated such as, “I can’t comment as there is an ongoing investigation.” Someone needs to sit both the president and his press secretary down and explain why people do that and why it might be a good thing for them to try out.
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