Dianne Feinstein Predicts Obstruction Of Justice Charge

NBC News reports:

A Senate investigation into President Donald Trump’s possible connections to Russia has revealed a possible obstruction of justice case against the president, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on “Meet The Press” Sunday.

“The [Senate] Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well and it involves obstruction of justice and I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, said.

“I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director [James] Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to ‘lift the cloud’ of the Russia investigation. That’s obstruction of justice.”

  • bkmn
    • Bluto

      Yup, obstruction is merely the amuse bouche for the orange douche.

      • FAEN

        Well said!

    • Dazzer

      Ahhhh… Mrs Doyle. One of the greatest comic creations ever.

  • blackstar

    Hurry the funk up !

  • DaddyRay

    All I can say is make sure you get him – I don’t want him and his lawyers getting him out of this

  • Michael R
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m hoping for an acceleration.

    • BobSF_94117

      There’s no way this cat is going to reach escape velocity. Where’s the damn hamster?!?!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I truly have to say this. The Dems need to do turn about is fair play if when they win the House or Senate. The GOP only understand strength and do not understand cooperation. There should be no help to reform the GOP. It needs to fucking die.

    • Steverino

      In my dreams, in such a scenario, not only would they reverse this “tax reform” fiasco, but also would also phase back in the more progressive tax rates of yesteryear. But of course, now with their obscure tax reform (almost) out of the way, the fascists have their sights set on destroying Social Security and Medicare. I tend to agree with those who say they are rushing these things through as fast as possible because they have concluded they won’t have their executive idiot with the pen around very much longer. The handwriting is on the wall, so they will do as much damage while they can.

    • Do Something Nice

      Unless there is a change in Democratic leadership, it is not going to happen. They are clueless and their (the Senate Democrats) tweet on WORLD AIDS DAY showing Reagan and talking about how Reagan encouraged bi-partisanship shows how fucking clueless they are. Once they have a majority they will ‘reach out’ to Republicans. And even though I will still vote for those Democrats, fuck them if they do this.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I know there are lot of people here who like the old guard but I believe this is a genuine concern/criticism of why I want a shake up. The GOP tried to kill our country. They should not be treated like colleagues but enemies of the state.

        My message to them: I don’t care if you see them at the gym. I don’t care if you have broken bread. They are trying to kill and rob your constituents and it’s time you treated them that way. I don’t care about if they have secret concerns about Trumprussia, you tell them “Either do something or shut up, whine to your spouse, not me!”

      • Lawerence Collins

        Vote for true, progressive Democratic challengers then.
        Democratic Socialist of America.
        Brand New Congress.
        Justice Democrats.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Okay, how would you like to see that play out?

      • The_Wretched

        Truth and transparency for their bad acts followed but mass resignations and paper ballot elections.

        • gaycuckhubby

          I’m sorry I’m not understanding. Mass resignation of whom?

          • The_Wretched

            Republicans and any dems who are tools or puppets.

          • gaycuckhubby

            Get rid if the DINOS!!! 🙂
            s/

        • thatotherjean

          I’d like that.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Honestly, there’s a huge chunk of people who will never vote Democratic, who will vote for a man who eats babies over a Democrat. I’d like them to stop trying to win them over in the media and in their policies. I am pretty burned out on kumbaya & “weep for the coal miners” messages. So there’s that.

        IIRC, the GOP demanded a lot of amendments to Obamacare but then refused to vote for it. If they’re not going to vote for it, then no more of this putting in junk/crap to placate them.

        And franky, I fear that the Dems will just try to sweep Dump under the rug like they did Bush & Cheney to make him go away faster and get back to “normal.” I’d like to see a lot of hearings and GOP pols/officials made to sit through hours and hours of grilling just Hillary had to for Benghazi except there’s actual substance to the charges. Any act of mercy will be wasted on them.

        • gaycuckhubby

          Cool. I understand what your saying

    • Lawerence Collins

      Establishment Democrats are paid to lose, not win. They’d have to give up the cash. Those like Feinstein aren’t going to do that.

  • Boreal

    “Look, this man is going to be president, most likely for the rest of
    this term. I just hope he has the ability to learn, and to change. And
    if he does, he can be a good president.”
    -Dianne Feinstein at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Aug. 29, 2017.

    • blackstar

      They have something on her? or maybe bluffing?

      • Boreal

        I’m not sure but she deserves a primary challenger.

        • JCF

          She’s getting one—but she’ll very likely win it (polls show her w/ a large lead over Kevin DeLeon).

    • Steverino

      To which the audience responded with well-deserved groans.

    • SoCalGal20

      Unless Dems flip the House and the Senate next year she’s right. It’s not like Rs will impeach him. Will he be able to be charged by the feds while he’s President? Even if he is, he’ll fight it in court.

      • Boreal

        That’s not my critique. My critique is that after seeing tRump’s behavior over years that she thinks he could ‘learn, change and become a good president.’
        She is living in fantasyland and part of the problem this country has with Beltway Dems.

        • SoCalGal20

          Yes, there’s a time when optimism and hope have to step aside for the clear and present danger.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Are you freakin’ kidding me? Malignant Narcissism doesn’t change, especially not after 70 years of “getting away with it all.” [head slap]

    • Robincho

      I hope the sensible people of my state disallow this doddering fool another term. Aside from her stance on gun control, she is not our friend…

      • Boreal

        I’ve long thought she was a closet republican.

  • Gustav2

    but…but….but Trump tweets there was no collusion!!!!!11111!!!!!

    lol

    • Michael R

      file under ” no puppet “

  • Slippy_World
  • Lakeview Bob

    Obstruction of justice? This isn’t really news. We have known this for a long time.

    • thatotherjean

      I’m sure Mueller is getting all his i’s dotted and his t’s crossed. We want all the charges to be air-tight.

    • McSwagg

      Obstruction of justice?

      If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck …
      … and Mueller is getting all his ducks in a row.

  • GayOldLady

    The charges I want to see are much stronger than obstruction of Justice. I hope to see unlawful collusion with Russia to interfere in the electoral processes of the U.S. Government. I want to see Trump and his family face RICO charges of money laundering for Russia and other foreign governments. I want to see him found guilty of plotting with Turkey to kidnap a Turkish Cleric. Even then I think he’d still be getting off easy.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Can any of those charges survive the inevitable and guaranteed pardon by Pence? It’s all a shit show.

      • GayOldLady

        I believe Pence is going to be charged too. Since he was in charge of the transition team it’s going to be hard for him to say that he didn’t know about all the contact between Flynn and the Russians during the campaign and during the transition. Pence is at the center of this as much as Trump and I find it curious that he has yet to be interviewed by the FBI. Pence was brought in as a VP choice by Manafort. Pence is rotten to the core and I believe that as Mueller is building a case against Trump he’s also building a case against Pence, Jared, Don, Jr, Bannon and likely Stephen Miller and K.T. McFarland. He might even bring charges against Kelly Anne Conway. This investigation is going to have many tentacles that pull many people into the circle of guilt.

        • AtticusP

          I agree. And as much as I hate to see it happen, we may be saddled with President Paul Ryan if the two top guys get the boot.

          • justmeeeee

            Unless, unless, unless…Pence goes down first, is replaced by…(who?)…and then El Cheeto bites the dust afterwards. Hey, we’ve seen it before!

      • Gerry Fisher

        Trust that Mueller is well aware of the possibility and presidential pardon, and knows the system well enough to “work within and around it.”

        • Oh, Parker

          Which is one reason why there are charges against Manafort in New York. You can’t be pardoned for state crimes, only Federal. He likely won’t be the last, either.

    • Renfield

      Yes, treason. And RICO.

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    • OT/ always a pleasure to see you around 🙂 Hope you had a fabu Thanksgivings and that the coming Holidays will be comforting and rewarding for you 🙂

      • GayOldLady

        Thank you Ty and happy holidays to you and your loved ones.

    • JaniceInToronto

      Should be conspiracy. I don’t think there’s a law against “collusion”. It’s pretty vague.

      Definitely RICO territory.

  • sword

    Congress will never go after Trump for obstruction of justice. They are going to spend all their time the next two years going after entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. They have to find a way to pay down the $1 trillion deficit bill created by the new Billionaires tax cut bill.

  • Mark

    I have no confidence things will ever get better. This has been going on way too long.

    • Gerry Fisher

      It’s going to take many, many years of a national reckoning, the Boomers going away (especially out of power), and a resurgent Democratic Party putting things back together again (and there are no signs of that happening, yet).

      • thatotherjean

        That seems to be Democratic administrations’ role in government: cleaning up the messes Republicans leave behind, like clowns with brooms following the elephants in an old-fashioned circus parade.

      • Mark

        I’m a boomer so I’ll be out of the way in the near future.

        • JCF

          So am I, but I plan on sticking around! It WILL get better. I’m sure of it.

          • Mark

            I can’t wait to get off this fucking planet.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        And as long as octogenarian Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) plans to run for re-election in 2018, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco CA) plans to continue to serve in the Democratic leadership in the next Congress, well, not a whole lot will change.

        We just saw some amazing states-person-ship when Rep. Pelosi took quite some time – days, really – to do the right thing and encourage Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) to move on.

        Sad !

    • JCF

      Remember this:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62542337bd245d99138a59a72f1f28772f80b55b92b21fc1b9e2957a98518f15.jpg

      …especially the “browner” part. White hegemony (and white hegemony is a RACIST white hegemony) simply cannot last much longer. Yes, yes: voter suppression. THEN comes your revolution, and guillotines. [As Malcolm X so portently said 50+ years ago: “the ballot or the bullet”.]

  • The_Wretched

    Trump’s tweets and all accounts of his contacts with the congressional committees are repleat with him demanding they stop… and then there is comey firing. All the is the equivalent of giant flam8ng letters ten feet tall marking a crime.

    Mueller will have failed if there isn’t another more substantive charge as well.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Patience…

  • Natty Enquirer

    Well duh.

  • Tom G

    Just today’s tweets are obstruction.

  • ClevelandJim

    I wish to fuck they’d stop “talking about” and quasi-leaking shit, making it public before the fact, and just fuckin DO IT. Why give him ANY opportunity to start laying groundwork, in comments/tweets/etc., prior to any charges that might be coming?

    • MBear

      Strings yall along so you dont notice the needle going in. Perhaps the dems are in it too

    • SoCalGal20

      With Rs in charge, there is NO WAY articles of impeachment will be written up by the house nor will there be a trial in the Senate. DiFi is just hinting at what they have because right now that’s about all that she can do.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I don’t have enough knowledge of the system to be specific, but I sense that Mueller is adept at what we used to call in corporate work “a roll out,” or an incremental approach or application. Progressive charges that are designed to put pressure on people higher up or that are designated because they are easier to prove at an earlier stage of the investigation. I’m super, SUPER curious about those sealed indictments, which may be designed to avoid a presidential pardon. If that’s the case, then he may hit the president with a lesser charge now, knowing that a pardon may wipe it out, but keeping the heavier charge sealed, to be applied after the person leaves office. For example, money laundering charges that affect Cheetolini and his family would be “fun” to see happening after they are no longer potentially protected by presidential pardons; and those charges can be brought up at the state level as well.

    In Mueller–and his knowledge of the law and the system–I trust.

    • thatotherjean

      I hope he’s taking an incremental approach to, at least in part, scare the bejesus out of Trump. And I hope it’s working.

  • MarkBuster

    why? what’s the point, when he can pardon?

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    Thank you, Senator Feinstein, not just for this, but for everything you have done for California and America.

    I join many other progressive Americans in encouraging you to focus on this issue, by Not running for re-election in 2018.

    Let California Democrats choose your successor while you do the right thing for America.

    Thank you again.

  • David Kerlick

    But hey, Republicans commit treason all the time. Nixon sent Bush Sr. to Paris talk to tell the Vietnamese not to settle until Nixon was elected.