There has been little argument by anyone on either side of the aisle that Robert Mueller is investigating whether the President of the United States obstructed justice when he pressured and later fired former FBI Director James Comey last year. The only real questions have been whether or not Trump’s actions in firing Comey would amount to Mueller finding evidence to warrant impeachment or even charges related to obstruction of justice.
This afternoon, much of this uncertainty seems to have subsided as a bombshell report from Murray Waas has indicated that “testimony by some of President Trump’s own top aides provides some of the strongest evidence to date implicating the president of the United States in an obstruction of justice.”
Before I dive deeper into this story, it’s important to note who Murray Waas is. Anyone could make a bombshell claim like this, but unless they have a reputation for breaking stories such as this one, and a past which backs up that reputation, those claims are worthless.
Murray Waas is a highly respected investigative journalist. Wass is known for his coverage of President Bush’s planning of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the ensuing controversies which followed. He is also known for his coverage of the Valerie Plame affair and his insightful national security reporting. New York University journalism Professor Jay Rosen compared his work to that of Bob Woodward, calling him the “new Bob Woodward”.
My point is, Waas has an incredible amount of integrity and respect among investigative journalists and his word is almost as good as anyone’s. That’s why his claims are incredibly damning to the President and the entire Trump campaign.
Wass claims that “previously undisclosed evidence is currently in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller,” and that this evidence shows a strong indication that Trump did in fact obstruct justice while pressuring and then firing James Comey last year.
“Several people who have reviewed a portion of this evidence say that, based on what they know, they believe it is now all but inevitable that the special counsel will complete a confidential report presenting evidence that President Trump violated the law. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel’s work, would then decide on turning over that report to Congress for the House of Representatives to consider whether to instigate impeachment proceedings,” Waas wrote.
He then further elaborates on what the evidence indicates and why it is so incredibly damning to the President:
“I have learned that a confidential White House memorandum, which is in the special counsel’s possession, explicitly states that when Trump pressured Comey, he had just been told by two of his top aides—his then chief of staff Reince Priebus and his White House counsel Don McGahn—that Flynn was under criminal investigation.”
Also according to Waas, both “Priebus and McGahn have confirmed in separate interviews with the special counsel that they had told Trump that Flynn was under investigation by the FBI before he met with Comey.”
The information obtained by Waas is based off of his access to the entire memo in question, as well as interviews that he conducted with a “dozen former and current White House officials, attorneys who have interacted with Mueller’s team of investigators, and witnesses questioned by Mueller’s investigators.”
The reason why Waas’ report is so damaging to the president is because it shows that the president did in fact know that Flynn was under FBI investigation prior to demanding loyalty from Comey and eventually firing Comey once he refused to drop the Flynn investigation.