Portman should revise statement
Sen. Rob Portman responded to me by letter: “[T]he Special Counsel should follow the facts wherever they lead and complete the investigation expeditiously without any political interference. That is what happened.”
That is not what happened. Political interference was so egregious that 1,024 former federal prosecutors signed an open letter stating there is sufficient evidence in the Mueller Report for multiple indictments of obstruction of justice. That’s political interference.
Here’s what happened: Trump asked the FBI director to shut down the investigation into National Security Advisor Michael Flynn; said he fired FBI Director Comey because of the Russia investigation; told White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller; attempted to curtail the Special Counsel investigation; prevented the public disclosure of evidence; attempted to get Attorney General Sessions to oversee the Russia investigation after recusal; directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to create false documents that covered up the truth from investigators; tried to discourage Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn from cooperating with the Mueller investigation; encouraged lawyer Michael Cohen to lie about a Moscow real-estate project; and tried to get Michael Cohen not to cooperate with the investigation.
The evidence simply doesn’t support Sen. Portman’s claim that there was no political interference. To the contrary, Trump’s attempts to obstruct justice are numerous and blatant. Far from exonerating Trump, the Mueller Report states explicitly it “does not exonerate him” and provides evidence which Congress can pursue further.
When Sen. Portman disinforms about the political interference perpetrated by Trump, he does a disservice to his constituents, the country, and his oath of office. The rule of law is extremely important. No person is above the law.
I would encourage Sen. Portman to read the Mueller Report, revise his erroneous statement, and demonstrate faithfulness to the rule of law and the Constitution by calling for congressional inquiries into obstruction of justice.