Same Trump, different day.
Less than 24 hours since the Washington Post reported that President Trump had disclosed highly classified information to a Russian power, the President was dealt another political setback that promises to be the biggest threat to his Presidency yet.
Despite his loquacious disclosure to Russian emissaries, the President did not actually break the law, his transgression is more one of decorum, and diplomacy.
It also was a slap in the face to Israel.
It also does not help that his omission took place less than 24 hours after he fired FBI Director James Comey, or that a state operated Russian News agency was in the room when this took place.
Despite the political blowback, the President was not in immediate danger before this afternoon.
Impeachment was on the tip of everyone tongue, but there was not a smoking gun, documentation that could get the ball rolling before Memorial Day.
That was until the New York Times shocked the world, and revealed that James Comey had maintained a trail of memos that detailed his uncomfortable interactions with the President of the United States.
One of those memos indicates that President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, and perjury.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2017
“President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
Mr. Comey created similar memos — including some that are classified — about every phone call and meeting he had with the president, the two people said. It is unclear whether Mr. Comey told the Justice Department about the conversation or his memos.”
The memos described in the New York Times have already been subpoenaed, and the information they carry could be backbreaking.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 17, 2017
Obstruction of justice is a serious crime, an impeachable offense, and given the general suspicion that the firing of James Comey was intended to obstruct the investigation into the President, and his ties to Russia, documented proof of such an action will almost certainly get the impeachment party started.
All of the President’s problems seem tied to Russia, and Congressional Republicans have finally started to answer the call.
Congress has no choice, the existence of such memos, and potential tape recordings of these conversations are more than enough evidence to seek an indictment against President Trump.
Throw out the investigation into Russian meddling in the American election, erase all of the links, ties, and connections the Trump administration seems to have to Russia.
I just asked @DarrellIssa abt the Comey news and he flicked me off — literally gave me the middle finger — and kept walking. Said nothing
— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) May 16, 2017
All of that aside, if the President truly did ask the director of the FBI to drop a credible criminal investigation into Michael Flynn, and then fired Comey months later for reasons that are still unclear, that act alone will be enough to remove him from office.
The President will need to control his anxiety, and his ego, might even want to keep his tweeting to a minimum.
Not only could his administration be facing indictments stemming from the FBI and Congressional investigations, but this story in the New York Times will almost certainly end up with him a private citizen in a courtroom.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 16, 2017
Of course he could be pardoned for this, but with the scope of the general investigation into him, Flynn, Sessions, Manafort, Nunes, it will be difficult for Trump to escape serious criminal prosecution if all of this is true.
The game is over, this is no longer the campaign trail, or reality television, this is a man looking down the barrel of impeachment.