Friday, May 12, 2017

Is Comey now a witness for the proseecution? Is Trump's tweeted threat to Comey obstruction of justice?

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MadoowBlog) comments on the latest lunacy from the White House: Trump threatens Comey with provocative reference to ‘tapes’

Donald Trump had the latest in a series of Twitter tantrums this morning, which wouldn’t ordinarily be especially notable, except this one included what appeared to be a provocative threat:

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

As 19-word presidential missives go, this may be prove to be quite consequential.

On the surface, Trump’s tweet appears to be a not-so-veiled threat against the former FBI director, whom the president fired this week because of Trump’s opposition to Comey’s investigation into the Russia scandal. This, in and of itself, is outrageously inappropriate and of dubious legality.

Indeed, the fact that the president is publicly warning a potential witness to remain quiet only adds to concerns about Trump possibly obstructing justice. Norm Eisen, the chief ethics lawyer in the Obama White House, characterized the president’s tweet this morning as a possible crime.

I’m looking for an adjective that captures the madness that’s unfolding in our White House, but I’m afraid words fail me.

That is exactly the word - madness.

Postscript: A few days before Election Day 2016, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who now serves as one of Trump’s chief White House spokespersons, said on Twitter, “When you’re attacking FBI agents because you’re under criminal investigation, you’re losing.”

One of the commenters on Benen’s post said this.

Christine Simpson
It’s King Lear with a twitter feed….
Ok,,,, witness intimidation exhibit #2. The first one was what he tweeted before Sally Yates testified.
Evidence for 2 articles of impeachment are already there (1) Obstruction of justice (2) Witness intimidation. What are they waiting for?

It does look like (1) and (2). But: “they”, I presume, being Congress, cut a Faustian deal with Trump and so long as DeVos gets her vouchers and Pruitt fires scientists at EPA and Sessions runs the Dept. of Injustice, Ryan and McConnell are willing to let Trump get away with everything.

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