Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks said Thursday night that there is already enough evidence to bring an obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump for firing FBI Director James Comey last year.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” Wine-Banks said she is certain that she could bring a successful case against Trump because there is “so much evidence” that he intended to obstruct the Russia investigation by firing Comey.
“When I was asked in May whether I thought I could make an obstruction case, I said I thought I could,” she told guest host Joy Reid. “I know I can now.”
“There is so much evidence now, and as was said, it’s not one piece, it’s the total picture. The pieces of the puzzle are fitting together and they spell obstruction,” she said.
Wine-Banks noted that regardless of whether Trump committed any wrongdoing prior to the investigation, he could still be found guilty of obstruction of justice for trying to undermine the probe by firing the person leading it.
“You don’t need an underlying crime for the crime of obstruction,” she said. “To impede an investigation, whether you were part of the original crime or not, you have committed a separate crime: Obstruction of justice.”
Wine-Banks went on to say that Trump may not be the only member of the Trump administration facing potential obstruction charges. Attorney General Jeff Sessions could also find himself in hot water, she said, as could Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
Her comments come on the heels of an explosive New York Times report detailing Trump’s efforts to obstruct the ongoing investigation into potential coordination between his campaign and Russia.
According to the report, Trump ordered top White House lawyer Don McGahn to stop Sessions from recusing himself from the probe so he could stay on and protect Trump. Although Sessions did not comply with the order, he reportedly tried to mount a smear campaign against Comey in an effort to undermine the FBI director’s credibility.
With as much effort as they’re putting into the cover-up, one can’t help but wonder what exactly it is that they don’t want us to see.