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CA's Dianne Feinstein: Senate's Russia probe is building a case against Trump for obstructing justice

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
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California Senator Dianne Feinstein said that a Senate committee's investigation looking into Russia's influence in the U.S. election was also exploring a potential "obstruction of justice" charge against President Donald Trump, the Democrat told NBC on Sunday.

Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" that group was "putting together of a case of obstruction of justice."

She added: "I think we see this in the indictments, the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place and some of the comments that are being made."

Feinstein's comments in the wake of former national security advisor Michael Flynn entering a guilty plea for lying to federal investigators about conversations he had with a Russian ambassador.

While Trump insisted on Saturday Flynn's conversations were "lawful" and above board, he acknowledged that he fired the former general for lying to investigators during the transition phase.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017.
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Flynn's plea — in addition to the indictment of Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has created a swirl of controversy and suspicion. Playing out in the background is the abrupt dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, who — in a series of cryptic social media posts— has hinted about "justice" being served.

On Sunday, Feinstein alluded to Comey's lingering presence in the investigation. "I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House, the comments every day, the continual tweets," she told NBC.

"And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to 'lift the cloud' of the Russia investigation. That's obstruction of justice," she added.