Donald Trump is facing so many counts of obstruction of justice, we need a flow chart to keep track of them all. One of them centers around former FBI Director James Comey’s claim that Trump asked him to let former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn off the legal hook. Comey took contemporaneous notes, meaning the evidence leans strongly in his direction. Was that going to count as legal proof? As of today, that’s now something of a moot question.
In interviews, Donald Trump has previously insisted that he never asked Comey to let Flynn off the hook. Trump is a known liar, but his denial nonetheless carried some degree of legal weight – until now. Rudy Giuliani, who is a member of Trump’s legal defense team in the Trump-Russia scandal, admitted on ABC News this morning that Trump asked Comey to “give [Flynn] a break.”
This is a confession to textbook obstruction of justice. Because it’s coming from Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team, it can be reasonably concluded that Trump confessed this directly to Giuliani. This severely undercuts Trump’s own prior claim that he did not try to intervene with Comey on Flynn’s behalf. It also gives significant credibility to Comey as a witness, not only in terms of this incident, but also in terms of everything else Comey has claimed that Trump said to him.
Rudy Giuliani has now publicly confessed to so many of Donald Trump’s crimes, it stands out as surreal. Giuliani is almost certainly under investigation for his role in the Trump-Russia scandal; he recently admitted that the DOJ Inspector General interviewed him about it in February. Rudy rather obviously joined Trump’s legal team in the hope of getting himself off the hook. But is Rudy blowing it because he’s a desperate fool who can’t control his mouth? Or is Rudy purposely trying to hurry up and take Trump down from within, before the investigation can circle back to him? Either way, thanks to Blabbermouth Rudy, things just got real between Trump and Michael Flynn.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report