Former New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said “there’s absolutely evidence to begin a case” for obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.
The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York was responding to a question from ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on “This Week” Sunday.
Stephanopoulos asked whether as a former prosecutor, Bharara believes there is enough evidence for a case claiming that Trump tried to obstruct the FBI investigation of the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
“There is absolutely evidence to begin a case” for obstruction of justice by Trump, Bharara said in his first television interview since being fired by Trump in March.
“No one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction,” Bharara added. “[But] there’s no basis to say there’s no obstruction.”
Bharara was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York until March when he and 45 other U.S. attorneys remaining as holdovers from the Obama administration were told to step down.
The action came after Trump had previously asked Bharara to stay on as U.S. attorney, according to Bharara and those close to him. “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired,” Bharara announced in a tweet on March 11.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Maia Davis