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Ex-US attorney says 'absolutely evidence' to begin obstruction case against Trump

Ex-US attorney says 'absolutely evidence' to begin obstruction case against Trump

Ex-US attorney says 'absolutely evidence' to begin obstruction case against Trump

"I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case".

Bharara said former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaNY attorney: "Very weird and peculiar" that Trump called me 3 times before I was sacked McCain says American leadership was better under Obama: report Comey followed careful plan in leaking memos MORE never called him while he was serving in the Justice Department.

Bhara waved off claims from Trump's GOP allies, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, who have said the PResident's authority to fire an Federal Bureau of Investigation director is proper justification. "It's a little silly to me. The fact that you have authority to remove somebody from office does not automatically immunize that act from criminal responsibility", he said, speaking of President Trump.

"You know, it doesn't bother me", he told Stephanopoulos.

Trump's decision to fire Bharara earlier this year raised eyebrows, as many critics pointed out that Trump originally asked the USA attorney to stay on. "Second, I don't understand what the privilege argument is".

"No one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction", he added. "It's a very weird and peculiar thing".

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Bharara said he refused to return a third call after Trump's inauguration.

He said he first met with Trump during the transition at the Trump Tower in November when the then-president elect asked him to stay on in his administration.

He went to note that President Obama had never called him in seven-and-a-half years, and that distance was what he expected, "because there has to be some kind of arm's length relationship given the jurisdiction that various people had". "And, hence he refused to take a third call and thus he was sacked off from the post". "So he called me in December, ostensibly just to shoot the breeze and asked me how I was doing and wanted to make sure I was OK". I didn't say anything at the time to him.

Bharara's comments came on the heels of Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, in which the former bureau chief admitted he had leaked the details of a memo about his meeting with Trump in which the president appeared to suggest the investigation into Flynn should be dropped.

"To drain a swamp you need an Army Corps of Engineers, experts schooled in service and serious objective, not do-nothing, say-anything neophyte opportunists who know a lot about how to bully and bluster but not so much about truth, justice and fairness", he said.

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