Former FBI director James Comey didn’t mince words on Thursday night, exactly two years since Donald Trump fired him as a way to undermine the Russia investigation.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, the ex-FBI head said that there is “no doubt” Trump would have faced charges for obstruction of justice if he weren’t the president of the United States.
Comey said the Justice Department should “take a serious look” at prosecuting Trump once he leaves office (hopefully on Jan. 21, 2021.)
“I think the Justice Department will have to take a serious look at that,” he said. “It sure looks like [the evidence is] there with respect to at least a couple of those episodes of obstruction.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 10, 2019
Trump isn’t just running for a second term. He’s running to stay out of jail.
As James Comey said on Thursday, anybody who engaged in the type of behavior Trump did (as laid out in Mueller’s report) would have faced charges.
If you don’t believe Comey, ask the more than 700 former federal prosecutors who signed onto a letter this week saying Trump clearly committed obstruction of justice.
The letter reads, “Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.”
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Donald Trump committed crimes. The only thing that is protecting him from charges is the fact that he’s president of the United States.
For Trump, the 2020 campaign isn’t just about winning a second term in the White House. It’s about avoiding time in the big house.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.