DNC Chair Says He Would Use Trump’s Comey Tweet Against Him in Obstruction Case

• May 15, 2017 5:43 pm


Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez told Bloomberg on Monday that he would enter President Trump's tweet about former FBI Director James Comey into evidence for an obstruction of justice case.

After Trump fired Comey last week, Democrats waged a coordinated campaign calling for an independent prosecutor to be appointed to investigate whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia in 2016.

"I'll tell you what they have to do if they want to earn the trust and respect of the American people is make sure that they appoint an independent prosecutor to take a look at what happened," Perez said.

Perez then discussed his credentials at the Justice Department.

"I prosecuted cases at the Department of Justice," Perez said. "I spent over a decade of my life there. I prosecuted cases under Republican and Democratic administrations. I know what obstruction of justice cases are because I did that.

"Last week's tweet is an example of a piece of evidence I would've used in an obstruction of justice case," Perez added.

Trump tweeted last Friday that Comey "better hope that there are no ‘tapes' of our conversations," just a few days after Comey was fired.

"We need an independent investigator, an independent prosecutor who can look at the truth," Perez said. "I can handle the truth. The American people can handle the truth. I don't understand why Donald Trump can't handle the truth, which is why he fired Mr. Comey."