Bush: I don’t think Trump obstructed justice

Bush: I don’t think Trump obstructed justice
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said he does not think President Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

“No, I don’t, but who cares what I think?” Bush said at Boston College Thursday when asked if he thought Trump obstructed justice, the Boston Herald reported.

“It would be great to get back to the business of governing and less about the swirling controversies,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added. “I just think the president needs to focus on doing his job.”

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Comey said Thursday that he believed Trump directed him to end a criminal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“The reason I keep saying his words is I took it as a direction,” he told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “I took it as, this is what he wants me to do. I didn’t obey that, but that’s the way I took it.”

Comey stopped short, however, of saying whether Trump’s alleged remarks about the Flynn probe qualify as obstruction of justice.

“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct.”

Comey detailed his encounters with Trump in memos before the president fired him in May during the Thursday hearing, and in a memo leaked to The New York Times.

According to Comey, Trump had said "I hope you can let this go" referencing the Flynn investigation.

Comey’s firing came amid the FBI’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race, including ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.