Saturday, May 20, 2017

Robert Reich on face book

40 mins
To help you keep count, here are the 5 evidences of Trump’s obstruction of justice – his commitment to stopping FBI Director James Comey from investigating Trump’s and Trump aides’ dealings with Russia to rig the 2016 election. (Remember: Obstruction of justice is an impeachable offense, quite apart from the underlying illegality being investigated. This is what did Richard Nixon in.)
1. Trump’s meeting with Comey just after Michael Flynn resigned, in which Trump asked Comey: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” according to Comey’s memo immediately after the meeting.
2. Trump firing Comey just after Comey asked for more resources for the investigation.
3. Trump telling Russian officials in the Oval Office, the day after he fired Comey, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” according to a document summarizing the meeting reported yesterday by the New York Times.
4. Trump’s interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt about his firing of Comey, in which Trump admitted: “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation. In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’”
5. Trump’s tweet that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
These 5 items would be enough to initiate a Bill of Impeachment in the House -- if the House now had 23 Republicans more loyal to the nation than to their party, or if the House is flipped next year.
What do you think?

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