Democrat Manchin won't say he thinks Trump obstructed justice

Democrat Manchin won't say he thinks Trump obstructed justice
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Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Manchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday refused to go “down that road” of saying President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE has obstructed justice in the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s election interference.

“I haven’t gone down that road, nor am I going to go down that road. I believe in the rule of law and it pertains to all of us,” Manchin told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’re all treated the same. And if any of this has happened it will come out.” 

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Manchin’s comments come after The New York Times reported that Trump called for Mueller’s firing last year, but backtracked after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit.

Many Democrats have seized on the report, arguing it is an example of the president obstructing justice. 

But Manchin, a red-state Democrat up for reelection this year in a state Trump won by more than 40 points, downplayed the report.

“You know people from New York have a different way of talking and speaking,” Manchin said. “And I take that literally and I say ‘OK, he blew off about some things.’ There’s a process to go through.”

The West Virginia Democrat, however, still advised Trump not to go “down this road” of firing Mueller: “Absolutely do not do [that], Mr. President.”