Richard Blumenthal, the senator of Connecticut, says that there is a “credible case” against Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Blumenthal laid out the numerous reasons special counsel Robert Mueller could charge the president for attempting to put an end to the investigation into whether he colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election:
There’s a credible case of obstruction of justice, and his acknowledgement in a tweet over the weekend that he knew Michael Flynn had lied when he fired Jim Comey, when he asked Comey to go lightly on Flynn, when he fired Sally Yates, when he reached out to Dan Coats and and asked the intelligence community to, in effect, dispense with its investigation. There is mounting available – publicly – evidence that, in fact, Donald Trump should be investigated for obstruction of justice and that there is a credible case against him. And so, it’s the principle of “follow the money.”
The subpoena for Deutsche Bank today is extremely important from the special counsel, because it indicates that he is pursuing the possibility that those loans from Deutsche Bank to Donald Trump — $364 million from Deutsche Bank to Donald Trump – some of it involved in building that hotel and renovating it in Washington, may be involved in this issue.
Though Trump’s legal team has denied that Deutsche Bank received a subpoena from Mueller, Blumenthal argued that if it hasn’t happened yet, it will inevitably happen eventually.
“There are reliable reports of a subpoena,” the senator said. “If it isn’t today, it’s likely to be forthcoming because of that principle: follow the money. Deutsche Bank itself is involved in an investigation by the Department of Justice about $10 billion of possible money laundering, some of it involving Russian assets. So there are various connections involving Russian assets, loans to Donald Trump, an investigation by the Department of Justice of Deutsche Bank that connect these threads and that’s very important.”
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 5, 2017
Trump’s legal team is reportedly in disarray after former national security advisor Mike Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about his talks with Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to D.C., during the campaign. After Trump reacted to the news by publishing a tweet that implicated him for obstruction of justice by admitting that he knew about Flynn’s lies, his lawyer John Dowd claimed to have been the one who wrote the tweet. Things got worse after Dowd argued that a president can’t be guilty of obstruction of justice.
As Mueller continues to dig, it’s clear that the walls are closing in on the president and his cohorts.