“No obstruction” is a lie.

Donald Trump sought loyalty from James Comey, asked him to take it easy on Michael Flynn and implored him to announce the FBI wasn’t investigating Trump personally.

When Comey didn’t comply Trump fired him, initially claimed it was due to his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation and later admitted it was because of the Russia investigation.

When Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel, Trump told advisors it was “the end of his presidency.”

Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to tell the Department of Justice that Mueller had conflicts of interest and must be removed. Trump advisors and the DOJ previously called these claims meritless. McGahn didn’t follow orders and considered resigning.

Later, Trump tried unsuccessfully to get McGahn to deny this happened, at one point having it relayed that he could be fired.

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, Trump told advisors that he should have an attorney general who’d protect him.

Trump made multiple attempts to get Sessions to unrecuse himself and take back control of the investigation, including using an intermediary to tell Sessions to declare Trump had done nothing wrong and limit Mueller’s probe to future elections.

More than a thousand former prosecutors said if Trump wasn’t protected by the DOJ’s policy of not charging a sitting president he would have been indicted for obstruction.

This is what obstruction looks like.

RICK ELIA

New Castle

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