As James Comey testifies in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, many questions regarding his multiple meetings and phone conversations with President Trump over the last 6 months have already been answered. Yesterday afternoon Comey pre-released his opening statement, and in it was a windfall of valuable information for those trying to make the case for a Trump impeachment. In fact, Comey’s opening statement alone, with Trump’s own actions within the public spectrum, is more than enough to bring him up on obstruction of justice charges.
While many political pundits on the right will likely claim that Trump never actually obstructed justice, the evidence is all now available to the public. Below we have summarized what Comey’s opening statement has proved and then we place Trump’s alleged actions within a timeline with his other public statements and actions. In doing so, you will see that the President clearly tried to obstruct an investigation by using intimidation and power to try and get his way.
- Trump asks James Comey if he wants to remain on as the Director of the FBI. Comey finds this extremely odd since he had already told Trump that he wished to stay on for the remainder of his 10-year term.
- Trump asks Comey for his loyalty, stating “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” during a one-on-one dinner with the FBI director.
- Trump asks Comey to drop the Flynn Investigation.
- Trump asks Comey to publicly clear his name.
- Comey does not clear his name, does not drop the Flynn investigation, and does not pledge his loyalty.
- Trump Fires Comey.
Now, in and of itself, Trump’s defense lawyers could likely create a scenario which could bring reasonable doubt into the equation, perhaps arguing that Trump’s firing of Comey was merely a coincidence and that it was totally unrelated to the fact that Comey refused to operate in the manner that Trump instructed him to. But then comes the multiple public and private statements made by the President in the weeks following Comey’s firing.
On May 11th, in an interview with Lester Holt, President Donald Trump said that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, and that he was going to fire him regardless of the recommendation by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
On top of this, on May 19 the New York Times reported that during an Oval Office meeting with Sergey Kisylak and Sergey Lavrov, Trump told the men the following: “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job.” Mr. Trump then went on to say, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Given the narrative that Comey outlined in his opening statement, and combining such information with Trump’s own remarks, we now have a picture of clear intent. The smoking gun for Impeachment has emerged! The only obstacle standing in the way are the unpatriotic Republicans in Congress.