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Blumenthal: ‘Credible case' of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Tuesday that there is a “credible case” of obstruction of justice that can be made against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE.

Blumenthal, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on CNN that Trump’s tweet acknowledging that he knew former national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI also showed that Trump knew the information when he fired officials like former FBI Director James Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

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“There is mounting available … evidence that in fact Donald Trump should be investigated for obstruction of justice and that there is a credible case against him,” Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal’s comments come just days after Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE (D-Calif.) said the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into Russia's election interference included obstruction of justice.

"The Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we're beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice," Feinstein said Sunday.

Trump suggested in a tweet on Sunday that he knew Flynn had lied to the FBI when he fired the national security adviser. The president's personal lawyer, John Dowd, later said that he drafted the tweet, saying it was his "mistake." 

 

 

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last week and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.