Jeffrey Toobin on Trump’s ‘Nut Job’ Comments: ‘Very Close to a Confession of Obstruction of Justice’

The words have crossed Jeffrey Toobin‘s lips quite a few times this week on CNN: Obstruction of justice. The CNN legal analyst has used those words in discussing the possibility that President Donald Trump committed the act by firing FBI Director James Comey to impede the Russia investigation. And in the wake of a Friday New York Times report in which Trump is said to have told the Russians “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off,” after firing Comey, Toobin believes a statement like that might just be an admission of guilt. “If you just parse the words that Donald Trump says, it does seem very close to a confession of obstruction of justice,” Toobin said. “He is talking about James Comey, who was investigating him and his campaign in connection with the whole Russia campaign matter, and he says ‘I fired him and the pressure’s .’ It doesn’t seem much more complicated than that.” Toobin believes people are focusing on the wrong part of Trump’s reported remarks — as much of the public’s attention has been devoted to Trump reportedly calling Comey a “nut job.” The CNN analyst says that doesn’t really matter from a legal standpoint. “What’s significant is that he’s saying that there was pressure, and he got rid of it,” Toobin said. “That seems pretty straightforward to me.” Watch above, via CNN. [featured image via screengrab] —— Follow Joe DePaolo (@joe_depaolo) on Twitter

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