Comey says there's 'obviously' evidence Trump obstructed justice in 2017 talk about Flynn

MSN | 12/10/2018 | Mike Memoli
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WASHINGTON — Former FBI Director James Comey offered a stark assessment of President Donald Trump's potential legal jeopardy Sunday, saying new filings from federal prosecutors point to heightened scrutiny of the president's own conduct.

If Trump is not yet an unindicted co-conspirator to charges already filed by the special counsel and federal prosecutors against former Trump associates, "he's certainly close," Comey told Nicolle Wallace, host of MSNBC's "Deadline White House" and an NBC News political analyst, during a discussion at the 92nd Street Y in New York Sunday night.

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It was Comey's first public appearance since prosecutors in New York and on special counsel Robert Mueller's team offered the greatest insight yet into the extent of their respective probes via new sentencing memoranda for former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The government for the first time Friday sponsored the account that Trump directed Cohen to commit a crime in making payments to women accusing him of affairs, Comey said.

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Asked what would happen typically to someone identified in such a way, Comey said: "That person would be in serious jeopardy of being charged."

"The government wouldn't make that sponsoring allegation if they weren't seriously contemplating going forward with criminal charges. Now where it stands now, I can't say," he said.

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Comey at times simply offered analysis based on his experience as a former federal prosecutor, but more significantly at others drew on his firsthand knowledge of Trump's conduct both as the former principal investigator in the Justice Department's Russia probe and then as a witness.

The president's harsh attacks on Comey — he made a new one just this weekend — could be seen by a prosecutor as attempts to tamper with witnesses in an ongoing criminal matter, he said.


"I don't know how the special counsel thinks about it. But if...
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