On Thursday night, BuzzFeed News’s Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier reported that President Donald Trump instructed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about Trump’s involvement in plans for a real estate project in Moscow.
The BuzzFeed report, based on testimony and facts gathered by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, is — if true — clear evidence that Trump committed obstruction of justice, which is a focus of the Mueller investigation and a federal crime.
In addition to coming out in the middle of a government shutdown, BuzzFeed’s scoop comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on the nomination of Attorney General William Barr — who would take over oversight of Mueller’s investigation if confirmed. And that puts Barr in a very interesting position.
Because Barr is on the record, multiple times, saying that if a president told a witness to lie, that would be obstruction of justice. And that, of course, is precisely what Trump now stands accused of.
Seems problematic, although I’m not sure you can trust a Democrat partisan like Barr. Also, Klobuchar is really good at this.