Donald Trump’s lawyer is either incompetent, or acting at his request—but either way, they are not helping his case at all. Earlier today, Donald Trump ‘accidentally’ confirmed the veracity of James Comey’s memo, in an official statement via his lawyer.
“BREAKING: Trump lawyer: President feels 'completely and totally vindicated' by Comey's testimony, is eager to move forward.” Associated Press, Twitter
This is extremely troubling; the lawyer should not have commented on this, and if Donald Trump is confirming that he ‘feels totally vindicated’, he is clearly ignorant of the law—that excuses none of his felonious behaviours.
There are some troubling paragraphs in the opening statement from Jim Comey, where he first seems to be treating the President’s enquiries as innocent, perhaps ignorant, but as you read through the bizarre requests and behaviours of the President and as President-Elect, it becomes clear that Trump is definitely trying to obstruct justice, and perhaps ‘cancel’ an investigation if not interfere with it.
“I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December. I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign. I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn’s departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls. Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.” — James Comey
James Comey describes multiple attempts at obstruction of justice, the first being when Donald and he were left alone, after an IC meeting that was to do with the Russian Interference in the 2016 election…
“At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the President- Elect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.” — James Comey
Again in February, Trump tried to ‘turn’ Comey, referring to the Flynn investigation and asking James Comey that; “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”, An obvious plead to break with the laws of the nation. Comey reported this to senior FBI leadership, then asked the AG, Jeff Sessions to “prevent any future direct communication between the President and me”, as it was becoming illegal or extremely unorthodox for this to continue…
“The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President’s request, which we did not intend to abide. We also concluded that, given that it was a one-on-one conversation, there was nothing available to corroborate my account. We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations.” — James Comey
The next contact from Trump was bizarre and again, pleading for a smoothing-over or closing off investigations! He also directly referred to ‘hookers in Russia” as well. Comey was not impressed, and immediately notified the acting AG, Dana Boente; Boente did not respond before trump yet again contacted Comey.
On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI. He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country. He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia. He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.” I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well. He agreed, but then re-emphasised the problems this was causing him.
The final phone call is described by James Comey, a weird phone call indeed; an innocent man would not be still asking for ‘favours’ from the FBI Director at this point, and a more intelligent man would stop committing felonies, via telephone, to the Director of the FBI. A very strange move, but if you have been alive in the years of 2016-2017, beginning to feel normal…
“He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.” - James Comey
“That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.” — James Comey
A very sticky situation for Donald Trump and his lawyers, with Trump confirming the memos’ authenticity, he has unwittingly admitted to multiple attempts at obstruction of justice. I am not certain which option is worse; is the President ignorant of the law, this badly that he’d unknowingly commit such crimes, or is he fully-aware of his Dictatorial behaviour? Does he believe he can bully his way out of this one? It is truly becoming far worse than the “Gold Standard” of Presidential scandals and crimes; the much-referenced Watergate scandal that took the career of President Nixon, though not his freedom.
As stated in the Sarbanes-Oxely act of 2002…
“Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsified, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under Title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”