Skip to comments.Dems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction
Posted on 02/20/2019 9:19:50 PM PST by yesthatjallen
Democrats are seizing on a bombshell New York Times report as further evidence that President Trump may have sought to obstruct justice in investigations of his campaign and administration.
The Times reported Tuesday that the president asked then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker late last year to put U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in charge of the investigation into Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen. Cohen pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud, tax fraud and making payments to silence women alleging that they had affairs with Trump.
Berman, an ally of Trump who donated to his 2016 campaign, had recused himself from the case, and Whitaker did not act on Trump's request, according to the report which Trump has denied.
Democrats claim it is just the latest example of Trump trying to sway an investigation by influencing the investigator.
If [the Times report is] true, I cannot understand what other motive there would be for putting someone like Mr. Berman in charge of these investigations other than to kind of help steer the prosecution in a way thats more favorable to Mr. Trump, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) told The Hill.
Basically it comes down to whether you believe he wanted something like this to happen to further the interest of justice or to further his own interests, and ... given everything weve seen, I dont think it takes a leap of faith to believe that he wouldve done this to further his own interests, added Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight and Reform and House Intelligence committees.
Other Democrats described a pattern of actions they deemed inappropriate.
I think if you just follow the number of incidences and evidence that has been presented involving the president and the Russia investigation and the investigation in the Southern District in New York and others, I think it clearly shows a pattern that the president has tried to use his influence and/or relationship to really interfere with the investigation, said Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.).
Demings, a former law enforcement officer, said Trumps decision to tap Whitaker, who was seen as a Trump loyalist, to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as one example in which he has appeared to put his thumb on investigations.
Other Democrats pointed to the presidents decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
If this disturbing New York Times report is accurate, then the President of the United States committed obstruction of justice, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said in a statement on Tuesday.
The White House has denied that Trump sought to put Berman in charge of the Cohen investigation.
I dont know who gave you that, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, dismissing the story as more fake news.
Trump went a step further on Wednesday, decrying The New York Times as a true enemy of the people and calling its reporting false.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement that the White House has not asked Whitaker to interfere in investigations, citing his congressional testimony earlier this month in which he clashed with House Democrats.
Under oath to the House Judiciary Committee, then-acting Attorney General Whitaker stated that at no time has the White House asked for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsels investigation or any other investigation, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. Mr. Whitaker stands by his testimony.
Demings, who said Whitaker gave inappropriate or incomplete responses during his Capitol Hill appearance, called his testimony pitiful and combative.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the House Judiciary Committees chairman, has called on Whitaker to clarify his testimony.
Although the Committee appreciates your decision to appear, Members on both sides of the aisle found many of your answers to be unsatisfactory, incomplete, or contradicted by other evidence, he said in a statement last week.
Whether Whitaker appears, Demings said, still remains to be seen.
Republicans say there is another pressing matter that should be examined: whether top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) seriously considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
In particular, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and other Republicans say they want to hear from former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein under oath.
McCabe, who has been making the rounds on the cable news shows to promote his new book, has publicly claimed in recent days that Rosenstein met with other top officials to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment after the president fired Comey.
Whats important to note here is that there are legitimate concerns about things we know happened among top law enforcement at the DOJ and FBI, said one Republican aide on the House Judiciary Committee. The FBI was concerned enough to fire McCabe and Strzok for their behavior those decisions werent made by the White House. Americans expect Congress to conduct oversight over the Justice Department, and its clear the DOJ needs that accountability right now. The aide was referencing Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent who was fired for writing anti-Trump text messages.
Other Democrats suggested subsequent testimony from Whitaker is just the first step in examining the claims made in the Times report.
I think we certainly need to have Mr. Whitaker back, we need to have him under subpoena and we need to press to find out what exactly the president was doing and add that to the list of things that have to be investigated if the rule of law is going to stand in our country, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a member of the Intelligence and Judiciary panels, told The Hill.
Democrats and the NYT conspire to create another charge of obstruction.
These Democrats are sooooooooooooooo jealous of our President. Jealousy can be an obsessive ugly thing. We are witnessing it.
That is not obstruction. It is called MANAGEMENT. Executives do it all the time.
Oh, no! Not another bombshell .
In related news: The sun rose in the east this morning.
3.....2.....1......oops, we got it wrong. Sorry.
The Times reported..that the president asked then-acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker late last year to put U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in charge of the investigation into...Michael Cohen. Cohen pleaded guilty last year to bank fraud, tax fraud and making payments...
IOW, even if this were true, it took place after Cohen was busted. Whitaker was appointed in mid November. Cohen pleaded guilty last August!
But they are just worried about us dumbass deplorables dont ya know /s
Bombshells. Is that what the ‘RATS are calling Cheech and Chong “bombers” these days?
MSMedia: We need to quit jumping the gun on these stories. It keeps biting us in the...NY Times, obstruction, report...PANT...PANT...PANT
It’s funny to watch a dying corrupt entity’s last gasps of attempting to remain relevant. Die already, NY slimes.
But it was the formal written recommendation of Rosenstein and the screams of practically every single Liberal Democrat - especially Hilliary - that Trump HAD TO fire Comey! How soon they forget! But we won't...
They want to derail any questioning of McCabe, Comey, the Ohrs, Weissman, Strzok-Page, etc. PERIOD.
Lots of unknown Democrats trying to make a name for themselves. I’m surprised they haven’t come out in defense of Jussie Smollet. That would be just up their alley (full of rats).
grasping at straws
Easy fix: beat him in 2020
This story was created to cover up the coup news. I can’t see how the story equals obstruction of justice or attempted obstruction. The unethical thing here was allowing anti Trump staffers to go after Cohen.
Calling BS on BS is... de rigueur. To do otherwise is an admission of guilt.
Where in the heck is the 1st Amendment with these poss
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