Warren Kinsella – Obstruction of Justice by President Trump After Comey Hearings JUNE 12, 2017

(Reprinted With Permission) James Comey’s big day: by now, the testimony of former FBI director has been much discussed, debated and dissected.

Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, seen by many millions, is well-known. His Thursday morning appearance was the political TV event of 2017 – so far.

Among the lowlights: the Trump administration “lied” about Comey, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump “defamed” Comey when he claimed that the FBI had lost confidence in their former director. There was a “massive” effort by Russia to intervene in the 2016 U.S. election and elect Trump.

Comey kept detailed notes because he was concerned that “[Trump] would lie” about what was said in meetings between the two men. He testified that Trump “directed” Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. To “get rid of the investigation.”

And, this bombshell, in answer to a witless Republican politician’s foolish question about whether Donald Trump “colluded with Russia.” Comey paused, and then replied he could not answer the question “in open session.” Incredible.

To any fair-minded observer, however, the biggest news was and is this: Donald Trump plainly obstructed justice when he asked Comey to “let go” of the FBI’s criminal investigation into his close friend and advisor, Michael Flynn. He broke the law.

The U. S. Code, provision 1503, is pretty straightforward: “Whoever corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be [guilty of an offense].”

Trump corruptly tried to influence, obstruct or impede justice in the Flynn case. That is Comey’s sworn testimony. That is obstruction. That is an impeachable offence.

As such, Donald Trump’s corrupt, chaotic, cruel presidency will end, soon enough, in impeachment or resignation. Trump will not reach the end of his term. He will be gone, saved from prison only because his mendacious supplicant, Mike Pence, will pardon him.

Trump, in just a few short weeks, has metastasized into a cancer on the institution of the presidency. He has single-handedly shredded the reputation of the United States around the globe. It will take many years to wipe away the mud.

But there is one shining bit of light in the midst of the muck that was last Thursday’s Senate hearing. And that was the fact of the hearing itself – and that democracy, sometimes, works.

Notable congressional hearings, over the years, show that to be true. The Watergate hearings, which exposed a corrupt Republican president and forced his resignation. Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, about how the Russian regime had compromised the most senior members of Trump’s administration. Lt. Col. Oliver North’s 1987 Iran-Contra testimony, confirming that the Reagan White House secretly and illegally supplied arms to Iran. The Supreme Court confirmation hearings of sexual predator Clarence Thomas, featuring the testimony of one of his victims, lawyer Anita Hill.

All of those hearings, however they concluded, shone light into some dark corners. They exposed the misdeeds of the powerful. They improved democracy in the United States. They generally showed, in James Comey’s own words, that “we are a functioning, adult democracy.”

Canada has had not a few such hearings, as well. Democracy has mostly benefitted from them, too.

Pierre Trudeau’s extraordinary appearance before a House-Senate committee hearing on the Meech Lake Accord, which ultimately sank the ill-conceived accord. The assorted inquiries into the repatriation of our Constitution, and the creation of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And, of course, the day-to-day work of less-newsworthy House and Senate committees – all of which improve Canadian democracy.

These committee do not always work, of course. Speaking personally, I can testify to the fact that the various sponsorship program inquiries – whose terms of reference had been rigged by Paul Martin’s administration to prevent scrutiny of their spending on polling – were an unmitigated farce. The Martin regime actively stonewalled attempts by this writer (and others) to offer testimony about Martin regime spending with certain polling firms.

But that is an exception. For the most part, most of the time, these myriad committee hearings – whether they be here, in the U.S., at the level of an obscure Commons committee, or an extraordinary Senate Intelligence Committee prying back the lid on Donald Trump’s corrupt administration – are good for democracy.

They may look democracy look bad, in the short term. Sure. But, in the long term, they improve it, too.

That, more than anything else, is one indisputable truth that emerges from James Comey’s big day.

Warren Kinsella is a Toronto author, lawyer and consultant. He was formerly Special Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien, and is President of The Daisy Group.


  1. Good to see Kinsella on this site. Something worth reading.

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  3. This reminds me of the Nixon years and when he said “I’m not a crook” and then he was impeached and waved goodbye to everyone. Nixon ended the Vietnam War which was to his credit. Nixon even said that “they would not have him to kick around anymore” so all I read about is the gang in the White House wanting to impeach Trump. If Hillary or Obama were in office God help us all including the US.

  4. Richard Nixon was NOT impeached. He resigned before the impeachment process was completed.

  5. I am a 50/50 on Trump. There are a lot of things that he wants to do good in the US but at the same time he would be bringing the world’s economy right down to the basement and that is already happening. Trump is really stuck and not much room to manoeuvre and some people even in his administration want him impeached. The world’s economy is coming down and Canada’s economy is already in the toi

  6. Hugger Nixon was going to be impeached but like you said he resigned on time because that would have happened since he broke into the Democratic Headquarters. Tricky Dickie got out in time. The Zipper Bill Clinton was impeached and it was thanks to Monica Lewinski. We can’t get rid of the crime families of the Clintons, and Bushes. If only people really knew the truth – OMG!

  7. I just got off an article about 20 minutes or so ago about the N. Korean leader said that he has the capability of destroying NYC with a nuclear arm. WWIII has already been predicted even in the Bible and when the economy is in the hole a WW comes to distract it. Canada itself is in mighty big trouble economically much more than what people think.

  8. The problem is Jamie, that I am living on a modest limited income since retiring almost ten years ago. I live far away near Gananoque, so local Cornwall issues aren’t big on my mind. And I don’t give a rat’s a$$ about hockey or any other sport. I do click on your site once a day or so, and scroll down to see who is commenting. I see Jules, Jules, Hugger, and Jules, etc, and then I move on.

  9. Yes, Clinton was impeached but not removed from office. Andrew Johnston was also impeached, but like Clinton not removed fro office

  10. Jules…I seriously hope you aren’t believing most of what is being said about North Korea and / or theit wacky “leader” Kim Jung-un. He makes some of the worlds other wacko leaders almost normal.

  11. Hugger the leader of N. Korea is mighty wacky but usually people who are crazy like the N. Korean leader are mighty dangerous people. A lot of people who are crazy are highly intelligent and we can all laugh at this but it is true. My eldest sister went through as a nurse and saw this in Brockville in her training in the early 50’s era. There is going to be WWIII and a collapse of the world eco

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