Barbara Lee: If Trump Obstructed Justice, He Must Be Held Accountable



“The American people deserve to know if President Trump tried to quash the FBI investigation into his campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russians. If true, this would constitute obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offense,” said Congresswoman Lee.

“These allegations go far beyond party interests. Congress must take the long-overdue step of forming an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate this constitutional crisis,” she said.

“Congressional Republicans have a choice – either they fulfill their oath to defend the constitution, or they’re complicit in a cover-up.”

The bombshell report detailing President Donald Trump’s request to FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, who had resigned from his post as national security adviser one day prior, has renewed speculation that his presidency is in peril.

Although talk of the president’s potential removal has revved up in the last few days ― following a week in which he fired Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into allegations of the administration’s ties to Russia, and revealed classified information to Russian officials ― pundits have been predicting Trump’s political demise since he declared he was running for office in 2015.

So far, Trump has survived all his scandals. But now there’s a noticeable change in tone.

Republicans didn’t even bother going on television to defend the president after the revelation that he reportedly asked Comey to drop an investigation into Flynn. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and no longer bound by the pressures of re-election, has said he’s prepared to subpoena memos Comey is said to have written following meetings with Trump. Even Trump, usually quick to respond to negative stories on Twitter, has been unusually quiet following this latest report.

This article includes a Huffington Post report by Sam Levine.


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