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#EndorseThis: Preet Bharara Shreds Trump Defense Against Comey

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#EndorseThis: Preet Bharara Shreds Trump Defense Against Comey

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Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who shares with James Comey the honor of being fired by Donald Trump under highly questionable circumstances, sat a few rows behind the former FBI director when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. On Sunday, Bharara discussed that hearing with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, where his measured responses did not quite conceal his disdain for the president.

As a law enforcement veteran who has worked with both Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller, the former New York prosecutor laid out the critical facts revealed by Comey and placed them in context:

“You have uncontroverted evidence, from someone who is under oath, that on at least one occasion the President of the United States cleared the room of his vice president and his attorney general, and told his director of the FBI that he should essentially drop a case against his former national security adviser.

“And whether or not that is impeachable or indictable, that’s a very serious thing.”

Pressed by Stephanopoulos to say whether Trump indeed had obstructed justice, Bharara replied judiciously: “There’s absolutely evidence to begin a case” for obstruction. But, he added, “I think it’s important for all sorts of armchair speculators in the law to be clear that no one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction… It’s also true that there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”

But without additional evidence — such as tapes of their conversations — how would a jury determine whom to believe in a “he-said-he-said” such as this case?

Bharara permitted himself a tiny smile. “You look at the surrounding circumstances and the indicia of truthfulness,” he said. “And those things include contemporaneous statements to other people; they include the track record of the witness; they include whether one of the ‘he’s’ in the ‘he-said-he-said’ has a track record for lying or not, both on the air and in legal proceedings such as depositions — and I believe there is such a track record with respect to one of the parties.”

Now what could he mean by that?

h/t Raw Story

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4 Comments

  1. Mortalc01l June 12, 2017

    Let’s face it, our President is a pathological liar of such Brobdingnagian proportions, that a “he said – he said” scenario would be laughably one sided in favor of Comey. Trump has a track record of lying under oath; he lied 30 times under oath in one such case. Trump’s own lawyers used to have to talk to him in pairs, because Trump would lie about conversations he had WITH HIS OWN LAWYERS.

    How pathetic is it that your own lawyers have to double team you, just to make sure they have an eye witness to your lies???

    The good news is that Trump hasn’t managed to pass one stinking, fetid piece of his own legislation. He must be SOOOOO tired of all this “winning” he’s doing.

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    2. plc97477 June 13, 2017

      I, at least, am tired of all the whining.

      1. dpaano June 14, 2017

        I think we all are to some degree.

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