Feinstein: Senate Russia Probe Forming Obstruction of Justice Case Against Trump


Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election includes a possible obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump.

Feinstein, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, told host Chuck Todd that the committee "has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice."

She said that recent indictments and pleas involving Trump campaign officials and activity in the White House confirm some of her suspicions about obstruction of justice taking place.

"I think what we're beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice," Feinstein said. "We see this in the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made. I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets."

Feinstein also said she sees the obstruction of justice case "most importantly" in Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey in May.

When Todd asked whether Feinstein was implying that Trump himself is under investigation, the California Democrat did not answer directly but suggested the answer is yes.

"Well, I would assume that many in the White House are under investigation" in the Russia probe, she said.

Feinstein said it does not make sense for Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to have been a rogue agent. Flynn on Friday pleaded guilty to a charge of making false statements to the FBI about his interactions with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in late December 2016.

"I just don't believe that," Feinstein said. "I think he had to have been directed. Now, whether the special counsel can find that evidence or not, whether we can, I don't know yet, but I see that that's where this is going."

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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