Bharara Sees Enough Evidence for Case Against Trump

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Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, attends former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said there’s enough evidence to begin an obstruction-of-justice case against President Donald Trump.

“There’s absolutely evidence to begin a case,” Bharara, who was fired as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York by Trump in March and has emerged as a critic of the president, said Sunday on ABC.

“No one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction,” Bharara said. “Based on what I see as a third party and out of government, that there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”

Former FBI Director James Comey, at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday that Bharara attended, said Trump asked him to back off an investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn and his interactions with Russian officials. Trump said the testimony showed here was “no collusion, no obstruction,” and criticized Comey again Sunday, saying on Twitter that the former FBI chief was “cowardly.”

Bharara also described two phone calls from Trump after last November’s election, in which the president-elect wanted “to shoot the breeze.” “It appeared that he was trying to cultivate some kind of relationship,” Bharara said, adding that Comey’s account of his calls with Trump “felt a little bit like deja vu.”

Bharara said he refused to return a third call after Trump’s inauguration.

“To this day, I have no idea why I was fired,” Bharara said.