(EnviroNews Polls) — On May 9, 2017, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The move by itself, though only done once before by a U.S. president (Bill Clinton), is within the rights of the office. But after Trump canned Comey, three words began to circulate almost immediately — from Democratic lawmakers, pundits and mainstream media news anchors alike: “obstruction of justice.”
Obstruction of justice was contained in the articles of impeachment carried out against both Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. In Nixon’s case it was the alleged crime featured in Article I. In part, the reason experts are making these allegations is that the President alluded part of the reason he fired Comey was to quash the FBI counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign for potential collusion with the Kremlin.
Trump’s allusion was made shortly after the firing in a feature sit-down interview with NBC’s Lester Holt — an interview that many legal experts say the President never should have done. Part of the transcript from the interview reads as follows:
Lester Holt — Anchor, NBC Nightly News: Okay, are you angry with — angry with Mr. Comey because of his Russia investigation?
Trump: I just want somebody that’s competent. I am a big fan of the FBI, I love the FBI.
Holt: But were you a fan of him taking up that investigation?
Trump: I think that — about the Hillary Clinton investigation?
Holt: About the Russia investigation and possible links…
TRUMP: Look — look, let me tell you. As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly.
When I did this now, I said I probably maybe will confuse people. Maybe I’ll expand that — you know, I’ll lengthen the time because it should be over with. It should — in my opinion, should’ve been over with a long time ago because it — all it is an excuse.
But I said to myself I might even lengthen out the investigation. But I have to do the right thing for the American people.
He’s the wrong man for that position.
In another exchange, the transcript reads thusly:
HOLT: Did — did you call him?
TRUMP: In one case I called him and one case he called me.
HOLT: And did you ask am I under investigation?
TRUMP: I actually asked him, yes. I said if it’s possible, would you let me know am I under investigation. He said you are not under investigation.
HOLT: But he’s — he’s given sworn testimony that there’s an ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign and possible collusion with the Russian government. You were the centerpiece of the Trump campaign.
TRUMP: Well, all I can tell you is… HOLT: So, was be being truthful when he said you weren’t under investigation?
TRUMP: …well, I know whether — I know that I’m not under investigation — me, personally.
I’m not talking about campaigns. I’m not talking about anything else. I’m not under investigation.
HOLT: Did you ask him to drop the investigation?
TRUMP: No, never.
HOLT: Did anyone from the White House…
TRUMP: No. In fact, I want the investigation speeded up…
People from all walks of life are calling for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, but is it warranted? Has the man actually committed high crimes and misdemeanors? Or, should he be considered unable to carry out and execute the duties of the office he holds?
We put it to you, our readers and viewers to decide? Should lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment in light of the recent events surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey? Yes or no? Please cast your official vote via Twitter or Facebook in the polls just below.
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