"Absolutely evidence" to launch obstruction of justice case against Trump: Preet Bharara

"Absolutely evidence" to launch obstruction of justice case against Trump: Preet Bharara

"No one knows right now whether there is a provable case of obstruction", Bharara added.

Featured on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Bharara argued "it's a big deal" that the president ordered other top officials to leave the room so he could talk to former FBI Director James Comey privately about an ongoing investigation.

I think there is absolutely evidence to begin a case.

"I think there's absolutely evidence to begin a case", said Bhahara.

"There's absolutely evidence to begin a case", Bharara, who was sacked by Trump in March and has emerged as a critic of the president, said Sunday on ABC News' "This Week". "On the other hand, I think a lot of people will tell you that the president himself sometimes makes accusations that turn out not to be true".

Trump fired Comey on May 9, and the White House gave conflicting reasons for the decision.

In his first sit-down interview since his March removal, Bharara said he reported one of the phone calls to the chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions because it made him uneasy.

Mark Corallo, a spokesperson for President Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, defended the president on Twitter, calling Preet Bharara "a resistance Democrat" who "deserved to be fired", for not taking the President's call.

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Terminated by the president some 22 hours after refusing to return a third and last phone call, Bharara stated that he still has "no idea why I was sacked".

He said there should be an arms-length relationship between the president and those that are in a position to investigate him.

"To this day I have no idea why I was sacked", Bharara added later.

"It is an incredibly serious thing if people think that the President of the U.S. can tell heads of law enforcement agencies, based on his own whim or his own personal preferences or friendships, that they should or should not pursue particular criminal cases against individuals", he said.

"I don't know", Bharara said.

"To drain a swamp you need an Army Corps of Engineers, experts schooled in service and serious goal, not do-nothing, say-anything neophyte opportunists who know a lot about how to bully and bluster but not so much about truth, justice and fairness", he said. "The problem is the Justice Department is different", he said.

Former FBI Director James Comey stopped short of alleging obstruction of justice in his Senate testimony last week, deferring to the special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller.

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