While many are pondering the revelation and relevance of James Comey’s memo detailing how President Donald Trump may have committed an act of obstruction of justice, Donald Jr. is taking a different outlook on things.
Trump’s son sent out a tweet this morning in which he commented on another tweet from news personality Geraldo Rivera, who suggested that a request from Trump to Comey to drop an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn didn’t amount to obstruction at all. Trump Jr. seemed to agree.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 17, 2017
Yet the Comey memo appears to be much more dire than what Trump Jr. or Rivera say it is, and many within Trump’s own party disagree with Trump Jr.’s characterization. Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, believes that the memo “[raises] questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” Comey’s investigation. Rep. Justin Amash, another Republican, has said that if the Comey memo is valid it may provide grounds for impeachment.
Democratic Congressman Al Green of Texas has even sounded the call for impeachment. “[Trump] has committed an impeachable act and must be charged,” he said.
The memo itself explains how Trump asked Comey to drop the Russian investigation. “I hope you can let this go,” the memo quotes Trump as saying, referring to the inquiry into Flynn.
Comey has volunteered to testify before Congress to clear up any questions about his memos or meetings with the president. But he has so far refused to do so behind closed doors. Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham invited Comey to testify publicly.