Media outlets jump from collusion to obstruction

Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner documents an interesting shift in mainstream media outlets’ anti-Trump campaign.

With still no public evidence that President Trump or his associates colluded with Russia over the 2016 election, many in the news media have pulled back on their arguments that Trump is guilty of working with Russia to win the election and are now exploring the possibility that Trump may have obstructed justice.

On Tuesday, New York magazine published “19 Times President Trump May Have Obstructed Justice,” which examines all the government officials Trump has fired and the times he is alleged to have asked members of Congress or former FBI Director James Comey to kill the Russia investigation.

TheHill.com columnist Brent Budowsky wrote a piece Tuesday that said, “New evidence raises the danger that President Trump will ultimately be charged with obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller and his special counsel team.”

The pivot came after a tweet sent out from Trump’s account Saturday weighed in on the guilty plea by former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was charged with lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian officials.

“I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI,” the tweet said. “He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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