Jun 11, 2017

Preet Bharara: enough evidence to open obstruction case against Trump

Preet Bharara, the federal prosecutor fired by Trump in March, has weighed in on Trump's legal liability amid the Russia investigation.

  • Evidence Trump obstructed justice? "I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case. I think it's very important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction. It's also true I think from based on what I see as a third party and out of government that there's no basis to say there's no obstruction."
  • Trump's outreach: Bharara says Trump called him three times between winning the election and firing him in March. "So they're unusual phone calls... when I've been reading the stories of how the president has been contacting Jim Comey over time, felt a little bit like deja vu. "

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's attorneys, on whether Trump would considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller:

"I can't imagine that that issue's going to arise, but then again it's an issue that the president with his advisers would discuss if there was a basis... the president has authority to take action, whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes."

Go deeper: Special counsel Robert Mueller has been hiring the type of legal team that you'd expect if criminal charges were looming.

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