Just yesterday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was strongly criticized for comments she made about former FBI director James Comey during a press briefing, which may constitute obstruction of justice on her part. Now, one U.S. Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) confirms that Sanders may have committed a very serious crime.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Mr. Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the former FBI director of possible criminal wrongdoing. While leveling such charges in the absence of any evidence would have been inappropriate enough, Ms. Sanders went on each time to hint that the Justice Department should “look at” Mr. Comey’s supposed transgressions — a wink and a nod that borders on a threat to use law enforcement as a political tool against the president’s enemies.’
As Sanders spoke from The White House, she tried to pass blame onto James Comey by saying that he may have violated the law in giving false testimony before Congress and leaking a memo to The New York Times, which detailed Trump’s request for him to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey’s memo did not contain any classified information and he had already been fired by the time he passed the memo along.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews on Wednesday night to discuss Sanders’ comments about Comey, and strongly cautioned that such comments could lead to her indictment. Whitehouse explained that the question someone needs to ask Sanders is:
‘Who asked you to do that? Who told you to do that?
‘And once you know who it is, you look to their motivation. And if their motivation was to poison the reputation of Jim Comey with grand jurors, you’ve got another count in the indictment.’
Senator Whitehouse is on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has a background as a U.S. attorney, and therefore, seems to be speaking out of knowledge of this type of situation. It was also just recently learned that the FBI had been wiretapping Paul Manafort as far back as 2014, and that Mueller has threatened Manafort with indictment over conversations that were intercepted between Manafort and Russian individuals.
It sounds like Huckabee Sanders may be in way over her head with this one. According to The Washington Post:
‘By now it may be naive to hope that Mr. Trump will come to respect the importance of independent law enforcement. But he would be wise to keep in mind the catastrophe that engulfed his administration when he assaulted that independence by firing Mr. Comey — and abandon this latest attack.’
Special Counsel Robert Mueller may not actually put Huckabee Sanders or Manafort in jail, but will definitely use threats of prosecution to get them to testify against Trump. If he can get them to flip on Trump, then he a strong case for taking down this administration.
Featured image by
Featured image by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.