It’s been quite a week for Donald Trump. First, he fired FBI Director James Comey (who was investigating ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia) and then contradicted reasons given by his staff for the firing. Then, he shared classified information with Russia, reportedly imperiling the life of an Israeli spy who infiltrated ISIS.
It was Tuesday’s bombshell, though, that could be the last straw of the Trump presidency. That’s not hyperbole.
According to a report by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, months before firing Comey, Trump asked him to end the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser. Flynn resigned in February after allegedly lying to Vice President Mike Pence about the tenor of conversations with a Russian Ambassador.
In February, the day after Flynn resigned, Trump reportedly asked Comey to drop the investigation — after asking the rest of the room to clear out.
Comey, who Schmidt says was uncomfortable at times with his relationship with Trump, detailed the meeting in a memo.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
What Trump did, if true, is obstruction of justice. And it’s an impeachable offense.
Some more from Schmidt’s article:
After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.
Again, this is obstruction of justice. And this time, there is a paper trail, with Comey reportedly willing to go public.
Additionally, it isn’t just Democrats who are up in arms over this. Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, tweeted that he has his subpoena pen ready in order to get his hands on the memo from Comey.
As the news was breaking, Fox News was apparently having trouble getting any Republicans on the air to defend Trump. And Republican Darrell Issa of California flipped off a reporter who inquired about the story.
This really could be it for Trump. And it should be it.
Now, it’s time for Republicans aside from Chaffetz to finally take a stand. To show the American people that country matters over party. To be on the right side of history.
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