NBC News reports that the Special Counsel Mueller’s office just interviewed the Trump Administration’s current CIA Director in an effort to investigate obstruction of their Russia probe.
Mueller’s interest in CIA Director Mike Pompeo has direct parallels to one of the key moments of the Watergate scandal when “the Smoking Gun” tape revealed disgraced former Republican President Nixon’s attempt to pressure the CIA to keep the FBI from investigating his money trail leading to the political break-in at DNC National Headquarters.
Last March, President Trump cleared the room after a typical briefing, keeping only Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whom he asked according to The Post, in order to derail the FBI’s investigation into disgraced former NSA Gen. Michael Flynn, soon after Comey’s dramatic Congressional testimony. NBC News reports:
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who was allegedly asked by Trump to lean on Comey to drop his investigation, has also been interviewed, according to people familiar with the inquiry.
One person familiar with the matter described Pompeo, Coats and Rogers as “peripheral witnesses” to the Comey firing.
CIA Director Pompeo was a member of the Republican Tea Party’s extremist “Freedom Caucus” in Congress, until his sudden and unexpected elevation to head America’s foreign intelligence services after the resignation of former Rep. Mike J. Rogers from the Trump Transition team. (Not to be confused with NSA Director Mike Rogers.)
Rogers lost the CIA’s top job when Trump’s Transition team purged him as an ally of Chris Christie.
Now, Pompeo’s testimony could very well provide a serious count in Mueller’s obstruction of justice charges against Trump.
In Watergate, Nixon’s infamously taped cover-up meeting convinced the CIA to pressure the FBI to stop questioning some of the bungling burglars who stole Democratic political information by insinuating that they were informants for the Agency but failed.
President Trump deserves to face justice for his illegal acts seeking to stop the investigations into his Administration.
But Trump deserves even more shame, for ignorantly following the very same crooked path down corruption lane which Richard Nixon so inelegantly paved in the 1970s, leading to the Watergate scandal and ultimately his resignation.
Ironically, the entire charade leaves Trump’s highly partisan choice for CIA Director potentially being the key witness in one of his most historically dubious acts of obstruction.