Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is describing the firing of former FBI Director James Comey as obstruction of justice, suggesting to his followers that President Donald Trump may have committed a felony offense.
OBSTRUCTION. OF. JUSTICE. IS. A. FELONY. https://t.co/kGsmvvuv2q
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 12, 2017
Moore quoted a tweet from the Washington Post’s White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker, who himself quoted from Trump’s interview with NBC that the president said he fired Comey because of the investigation into Russia’s meddling in our elections last fall.
“When I decided to [fire Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story,” Trump told NBC News anchor Lester Holt.
Several reports have indicated that Trump was losing his patience with Comey over how the latter was handling the Russia investigation. Trump at one point asked Comey for his loyalty, at which Comey said he couldn’t provide it due to the nature of his job as FBI director, according to several sources.
If Trump decided to fire Comey to impede the Russian investigation, it could indeed be seen as an obstruction of justice, with Trump seeking to prevent law enforcement from doing their jobs and getting to the bottom of things.
Many legal experts, including Laurence Tribe, agree. “That is clearly on it’s face obstruction of justice,” Tribe told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. “[Trump] only wants loyalists. … In this case, what loyalty really means [to the president] … is can I count on you not to make me a target of this investigation.”
Moore also took to Twitter immediately after Comey had been fired by the president, and quoted Jeffrey Toobin, who on CNN suggested Trump was acting in an autocratic way.
Jeff Toobin on CNN:"This is a gross abuse of power by the President. This is what happens in non-democracies. What kind of country is this?"
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) May 9, 2017