JUST IN: Mueller likely to rule out obstruction case due to Comey testimony

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On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) claimed Robert Mueller, the appointed special counsel to the Russia probe, is likely to rule that there is no obstruction of justice case against President Trump because he would not have allowed FBI Director James Comey to publicly testify if there were one.

“Unless Mueller is a complete idiot, which he is not, he’s concluded there’s no obstruction of justice case because if he had concluded otherwise, Comey wouldn’t be testifying,” Graham said on “CBS This Morning” Thursday. “You wouldn’t let his chief and only witness go through this process if you believe you really had a case to prosecute. And Mr. Mueller is a good prosecutor.”

However, ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee disputed Graham’s assessment, claiming Mueller likely has not formed an opinion so “early in the investigation.”

“I would have to strongly disagree with my colleague Lindsey Graham. The fact that Bob Mueller is not worried about his testifying — I think that does not suggest anything about how Bob Mueller views the case,” Schiff also said on “CBS This Morning.” “Indeed, I would be astonished if he had a view this early in the investigation. Rather, I think it shows confidence that Jim Comey will be consistent in his testimony before the Senate and in any later proceeding. But I wouldn’t read any conclusion into that, one way or another.”

In response, Graham deemed Schiff’s analysis “crazy.” He argues:

“Nobody in their right mind who believed they had a case, would take their star witness and allow them to go before the nation and 20 senators. You just don’t do it that way. So he’s concluded, rightly, there’s no obstruction of justice here. To think otherwise really is silly.”

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