Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says there’s “absolutely” enough evidence to begin a case against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, but "no one knows" yet whether such a case would be successful.
“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,” the former federal prosecutor in New York said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s also true, I think, based on what I see as a third party and out of government, that there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”
Bharara, who was among 46 U.S. attorneys let go early in the Trump administration, said the fact that the president is allowed to remove the FBI director at will doesn’t automatically mean that there’s no criminal activity surrounding his decision.
He also downplayed the idea that Comey’s sharing of his memos about one-on-one conversations with Trump was illegal. He said that nothing in the memos, or in Comey’s conversations with his friend at Columbia Law School, appears to have been classified.
He also noted that the president’s team knew Comey was going to discuss his memos before the Senate Intelligence Committee and declined to invoke executive privilege.