CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a strong reaction to former FBI Director James Comey‘s first televised interview, specially when discussing whether or not he believed President Trump attempted to obstruct justice when encouraging him to drop the investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn.
Sitting down with ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, Comey said that “it’s possible” that Trump obstructed justice when he asked the FBI Director to “let go” of the criminal probe into his former National Security Advisor.
When asked if he thought Trump’s exchange with Comey was “evidence” of obstruction of justice, Toobin thought it was more than that.
“I don’t think it’s evidence of obstruction of justice, I think it is obstruction of justice,” Toobin responded. “I mean, I just think there’s just no other way to describe what the president was doing if Comey’s account of the conversation is correct. He is trying to stop an investigation of a subordinate in the Russia investigation. And particularly, when you combine it with all three meetings that Comey talks about, I think in and of itself, it is obstruction of justice. It was a crime committed in the Oval Office.”
While it’s Comey’s word against Trump’s, Toobin believed that Comey was “telling the truth” and that he has a “pretty good record” on such issues.
“I just think it’s a completely devastating account of the president’s behavior,” Toobin added.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.