Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

There's 'Absolutely Evidence' to Begin Obstruction of Justice Case on Trump: Bharara

There's 'Absolutely Evidence' to Begin Obstruction of Justice Case on Trump: Bharara

Bhara waved off claims from Trump's GOP allies, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who have said the PResident's authority to fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director is proper justification. It is a little silly to me. He elaborated, "The fact that you have authority to remove someone from office doesn't automatically immunize that act from criminal responsibility".

"You know, it doesn't bother me", he told Stephanopoulos.

"The president seems to have a reputation of saying things that are not true", Bharara said in regard of his "uncomfortable" conversations with Trump.

Meanwhile, Susan Collins, the Republican senator from ME, said a subpoena of Trump might be appropriate if he has recordings of his converations with James Comey but does not provide them. "Second, I don't understand what the privilege argument is".

"The main point that people should be focusing on, from what I can see, is that you have uncontroverted from someone who was under oath that on at least one occasion, the President of the United States cleared a room of his vice president and his attorney general, and told his director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he should essentially drop a case against his former national security adviser".

Many people do not know the standards upon which something is a crime or not, the former prosecutor continued, "but whether or not it can be charged as a crime or Congress will impeach, it's a very serious thing, and there's a lot to be frightened about and a lot to be outraged about". Bharara also noted that his previous boss, former US President Barack Obama, never called him.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for one of Trump's attorneys, argued on Twitter Sunday that it would not be unusual for Trump to reach out to Bharara and that if he refused to take Trump's call "he deserved to be fired".

President Trump unexpectedly fired Bharara and Comey. Tammy Duckworth simply said that Comey's testimony "should concern any American who respects the basic rule of law, and Ed Markey called for any tapes to be "immediately" given to Special Counsel".

He said there should be an arms-length relationship between the president and those that are in a position to investigate him. Obviously, Jim Comey was comfortable after being called to testify, to testify about the memos and about the conversations, and it was just his recollection ... I didn't say anything at the time to him.

And on "Fox News Sunday", Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said that she believes the president's version of events over Comey's - but then she speculated.

"In reporting the phone call to the chief of staff to the attorney general I said it appeared to be that he was trying to cultivate some kind of relationship", Bharara told ABC News.

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