Ken Starr: Not Enough Evidence for Trump Obstruction Case


In a series of tweets, Trump asked why Hillary Clinton's family and the Democratic party were not being investigated for dealings with Russian Federation, while his "non-dealings" were.

Based on the evidence available at this point, there is no case for obstruction of justice charges against President Donald Trump, former Clinton-era independent prosecutor Ken Starr said Thursday.

It was a surprise move from the Clinton campaign's Twitter account, which hasn't been active since a day before the 2016 election when Clinton lost to now-President Trump.

"You don't, as an officer of the Justice Department, reveal your conversations with the president of the United States", Starr said. The meeting raised eyebrows because it occurred in the middle of an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the special counsel overseeing the investigation of Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election is examining whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

At issue in Starr's opinion is the soft language Trump allegedly used to try to get fired FBI Director James Comey to back off an investigation of Trump's former national security advisor, Mike Flynn.

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Starr said it was "too soon to tell" whether Trump engaged in obstruction.

Special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a pair of earlier tweets, Trump called the investigation "phony" and the "greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". That is, he did not dismiss the investigation or curtail the investigation.

But Comey would reopen the investigation in the final weeks of the presidential campaign after the discovery of hundreds of emails from Clinton on the computer of her aide Huma Abedin.

Together, the requests from Mueller suggest new scrutiny on whether the president tried to influence the Russian Federation investigation through conversations he had with Comey, whom he ultimately fired, or with other officials.

The probe into Trump was sparked in part by the sudden dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.