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Robinson: Comey clears the air, but more smoke blows in

Robinson: Comey clears the air, but more smoke blows in

As for impeachment, there is political resonance to obstruction of justice charges - it factored in the past two impeachments, against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton - but it is still highly unlikely.

In his testimony, Comey said Trump sought a pledge of loyalty, and told Comey he hoped he would drop the Flynn investigation.

Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign. Trump's attorney said the president never asked Comey to stop investigating anyone.

The FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any Trump aides colluded with the effort has mired the White House in controversy during its first months.

Newsflash: You can't obstruct an investigation that doesn't exist. It does not matter whether the person succeeded or not. The Democrats will argue that even if there was no criminal collusion, someone - namely the president - must have obstructed justice in trying to suppress the investigation of the non-crime.

It'll be up to the U.S. Congress to sort out these competing realities. Many lawyers contend the president is therefore immune from prosecution.

Richman is a professor at Columbia Law School and a former NY federal prosecutor and consultant to the Justice and Treasury departments.

And now for some rare kind words about members of Congress: Overall, the senators questioning Comey behaved in a manner that could be described by such last-century terms as "bipartisan" and "patriotic".

However, impeachment is a political process that is now viewed as highly unlikely given Trump's fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress. A vote to impeach requires a simple majority and leads to a Senate trial in which a group of House lawmakers act as prosecutors and the senators serve as a jury.

Only two USA presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998. Neither was convicted by the Senate.

He said he took notes after a private meeting with the president because there might come a day when he would need a record, as Trump "might lie about the nature of our conversation". "I hope you can let it go", Comey recalled Trump asking.




Rubio asked Comey why he did not directly tell Trump that he thought the president was making inappropriate requests of him. Some legal experts say that's wishful thinking. Kasowitz also jumped on Comey's revelation that he had released details of his private conversations with the president, casting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as one of the "leakers" set on undermining the Trump administration. "President, this is wrong, '?"

CNN previously reported exclusively that congressional investigators are examining whether Sessions had an additional private meeting with Russia's ambassador during the presidential campaign, according to Republican and Democratic Hill sources and intelligence officials briefed on the investigation.

As perhaps should have been expected, the most important takeaway from Comey's testimony may be what he didn't say. They would recognize, he said, "that it's a hard case and you might lose".

Comey also said he didn't know whether Sessions had violated the terms of his recusal, and that would depend on whether the reason for his firing was related to the Russian Federation investigation.

Mr Comey was leading one of several Russian Federation investigations before Mr Trump fired him last month.

Why might Trump's conduct fall short of obstruction?

"We've learned more from the newspapers sometimes than we do from our open hearings, for sure", Rubio said to Comey.

Comey is not the only member of the USA intelligence community to refuse to confirm or deny the Steele dossier.

"This hearing may have hurt the president's feelings but it doesn't hurt his legal case", he said. "I think it's frankly insulting that question would be asked".

Trump and his supporters have other reasons to be relieved.

"Here are people high up in the Justice Department, and they didn't feel enough institutional strength and feeling for the Department of Justice to do something about it", Akerman said.


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