“If you lie to the FBI, if you lie to congressional investigators, that’s a crime,” Podesta told Politico’s Susan Glasser.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta told Politico‘s Susan Glasser it’s a little too early to talk about impeaching President Trump during an interview that aired on Monday.
Glasser asked Podesta if he thought evidence has been presented that would constitute an impeachable offense, given everything that has been reported surrounding FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
“Well, look, I think in the first instance, that’s what Bob Mueller needs to take a look at,” Podesta told Glasser.
Podesta continued, “I think you can make an argument that the firing of the FBI director, in that context, clearly based on his own comments to the Russians, if nobody else, indicated that he was doing that because Comey was putting pressure on him.”
“I think that is close to an obstruction case, either in the political context of impeachment, or in the context of a criminal grand jury investigation to indict somebody for obstruction. I think it’s a little too early to say.” Podesta continued.
Podesta then told Glasser, “you can lie to the American people, and sometimes you get rewarded for that.”
“If you lie to the FBI, if you lie to congressional investigators, that’s a crime,” Podesta continued.
Podesta concluded by saying, “I think they’ll be very vulnerable because they seem like, as I say, that if they think for a short-term gain they can get away with a lie, they do it. And the Comey firing is an excellent example of that.”
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