There's evidence to open case against Trump: Bharara

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara on Thursday at James Comey's Senate testimony

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said there is "absolutely evidence to begin a case" for obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump and his firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey.

Bharara said Trump called him twice during the transition and once after the inauguration.

In March, Trump fired Bharara, one of the most popular us attorneys in the country, after promising him he could stay on in his role in NY. "On the other hand, I think a lot of people will tell you that the president himself sometimes makes accusations that turn out not to be true".

The action came after Trump had previously asked Bharara to stay on as USA attorney, according to Bharara and those close to him. Although that situation "was a little bit uncomfortable" he was still "only the president-elect".

Bharara explained that he and the other United States attorneys sought to have "some kind of arm's length relationship" with the president in order to stay impartial in the event they investigated interests related to Trump.

Preet Bharara told ABC News' This Week he felt the calls from Mr Trump had crossed the usual boundary separating the executive branch and independent criminal investigators.


Obama appointee Mr Bharara, who served as the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said it appeared Mr Trump had been trying to "cultivate some kind of relationship" after they met in late 2016.

Bharara explained it was important for him to stay at "arm's length" from the President given the then-U.S. attorney's jurisdiction over business interests, including the Trump Organization's, in NY.

Trump also said he'd be "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath that he didn't demand a pledge of personal loyalty from Comey - an offer that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer jumped on.

Based on Comey's testimony, "I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case" for beginning an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice. "And this would seem to be one of those things that he was looking at".

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Thursday.

In a press conference Friday, Trump denied doing that, but also said "there would be nothing wrong" if he had. "Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'" Trump said in a tweet Sunday.

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