Sen. Feinstein: Obstruction of Justice Case Is 'What We're Beginning to See'

By Susan Jones | December 4, 2017 | 7:45 AM EST

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

( - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, said she is increasingly worried about President Trump's ability to do his job, and she indicated that the Judiciary committee is making progress on its obstruction of justice case.

I'm ranking on Judiciary, and the Judiciary Committee has an investigation going as well. And it involves obstruction of justice. I think what we're beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice. I think we see this in the indictments, the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made.

I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets. And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director Comey. And it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation. That's obstruction of justice.

Feinstein told NBC's "Meet the Press" she assumes that "many" people in the white House are under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


"I do not believe that General Flynn was a rogue agent," she said. "I don't believe that on his own conclusion he would go out and try to tell the Russians in two instances, once to stop a national security resolution going through the United Nations regarding Israel; and on the sanctions that President Obama had just put in...that he would go in on his own and attempt to tamper with them with Russia.

"I just don't believe that. I think he had to have been directed. Now whether the special counsel can find that evidence or not, whether we can, I don't know yet, but I see that that's where this is going."

Asked if her concern about Trump's ability to do the job "rises by the day," Feinstein said it does;

"Oh, yes. Oh, yes. I've been here for 25 years now. There is a kind of instability, unpredictability. It's one issue after the other. We've got major problems in the world with our allies now. In the Middle East, with North Korea, it goes on and on. And I think that this president is just precipitating more and more angst that's going to lead to serious discord."

Feinstein said she became fed up with the Trump White House about a month ago: "And I can't give you any particular event, but it happens -- you know, those of us that are here understand how the White House functions. And as you begin to see one day, it's one story; the next day, it's another story; the third day, it's another story. It's very concerning to get at the truth," the senator said.

"Do you believe it's time to think about getting him (Trump) out of office?" host Chuck Todd asked Feinstein:

"I believe it's time for us to finish our investigation," Feinstein replied. "And I don't want to bias any part of the investigation with premature thinking. I think that's very important," she added.

In late August, Feinstein outraged some liberals, including her potential political rival Tom Steyer, when she refused to join calls for the impeachment of President Trump.

“The question is whether he can learn and change,” Feinstein told a gathering in San Francisco. “If so, I believe he can be a good president.”

Steyer, who is said to be mulling a run for Feinstein's Senate seat, is now running ads demanding Trump's impeachment. Two other Democrats have announced plans to challenge Feinstein in a primary.

On Sunday, host Chuck Todd asked Feinstein if the obstruction of justice case she mentioned would be an impeachable offense:

"Well, in the first place, I just told you I happen to be ranking on Judiciary, which means I'm the lead Democrat on this. I'm trying to be very careful as to what I say and what I do. We have to put together facts that are solid, that are very close to evidence, if not evidence, and also draw some conclusions and possibly do some legislation.

"So, this is a process that's ongoing. Now, I'm not without the powers of observation or seeing what's going on around me or watching the day by day episodes go by. The concern rises with the day. The concern about this White House..."

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