Trump 'Continues to Obstruct Justice in Broad Daylight': Democratic Lawmaker Explains How Mueller's Case Keeps Getting Stronger
Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-CA) argued Wednesday that President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine Attorney General Jeff Sessions and derail the Russia investigation constitute continual obstruction of justice, further building a case that special counsel Robert Mueller may be pursuing against the president.
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he wishes he had picked someone other than Sessions to be attorney general.
Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Swalwell said that Trump just wants an attorney general who will be “a loyalist to him, not somebody who’s going to be a loyalist to our Constitution."
He also said that he believes a recent report that Trump demanded that Sessions withdraw his recusal from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign could itself be an instance of obstruction of justice.
"Many people who defend the president will say, 'Well, how can he be so stupid to do this over and over?'" Swalwell said. "Whether he's careless or whether he's bold, we certainly have a Constitution to protect. It’s time for Republicans and Democrats to unite as he continues to obstruct justice in broad daylight.”
He later added: "I do think that his efforts to try and shame Attorney General Sessions does amount to obstruction and that it is being looked at by the special counsel. ... It seems that he is trying to make Sessions do something that he knows he can't, which is to resign."
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