Echoing sentiments by other prominent figures, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey insisted Sunday that President Donald Trump’s contentious conversations with former FBI Director James Comey do not constitute obstruction of justice.
“The obstruction of justice statute insofar as it is relevant requires that the president have acted corruptly — that means doing something lawful by unlawful means or doing something unlawful,” he explained to Fox News host Paul Gigot. “He didn’t do either one of those.”
All the president technically did, according to testimony by the former FBI director, was politely express to him in a conversation in February that he, the president, hoped Comey would consider dropping the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump allegedly told the then-director. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
That’s it. He expressed his feelings. Nothing more, nothing less.
While Mukasey admitted that it was “improper” to do as such, the former attorney general under President George W. Bush delivered a pithy, one-word answer when asked by Gigot whether this alleged statement by the president constitutes obstruction of justice.
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