An unlikely Republican defended Trump against obstruction of justice accusations

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Former Governor Jeb Bush says he doesn’t think President Trump is guilty of obstructing justice, and just wants him to “focus on doing his job.”

The former Florida governor, who tried to earn the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, was a keynote speaker at Boston College’s 12th annual Carroll School of Management Finance Conference on Thursday.  When asked if he thought Trump was guilty of obstructing justice, Bush replied, “No, I don’t, but who cares what I think? There is a process underway. ”

While addressing the standing-room-only crowd, Bush said he feels that the the controversies surrounding the White House are a negative.

“It would be great to get back to the business of governing and less about the swirling controversies,” Bush said. “I just think the president needs to focus on doing his job. There are great opportunities for him to hire people, he’s done pretty well there. The judicial appointments have been good, he’s got a great foreign policy team, he should be president and stop creating all the controversies — let that process takes it’s place.”

During his comments, Bush criticized the lack of compromise in Washington and how he dislikes the quarreling that seems to stall anything getting accomplished.

Bush said he was also looking forward to seeing the president fulfill his campaign pledge to “drain the swamp.” He said:

“‘Drain the swamp’ was a classic line, it resonated with me. I didn’t vote for the guy, I’m not a big fan and everybody knows that, but I was hopeful that he would drain the swamp and the swamp-draining would include lobbying reform … which could be done by executive order if the president really wanted it.”

When asked who he though would consider a run in 2020, Bush joked that he felt anyone could run. “I think the attitude is, ‘Look at all the people who ran last time, they looked like a bunch of clowns,’ including me, I’m sure, so, ‘I can do it.'” He threw out names like Oprah and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban as potentials. “All of that is fun to speculate about, but it’s way too early to determine the fields of either party. Let’s just get through June,” he concluded.

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