Well, based on her choice of words at the podium, it seems White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may have gotten herself on the hook for obstruction of justice charges in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal after all.
And considering the acceleration of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, let’s just say she may want to go ahead and lawyer up. According to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, in an appearance on MSNBC:
“The three torpedoes that Sarah Huckabee’s Sanders shot at James Comey, which open up an entirely new avenue in the case for Mueller. There’s a statute, 1504 in the obstruction of justice statutes, that talks about attempts to influence grand jurors. So the question for Sarah Huckabee Sanders is, “Who asked you to do that? Who told you to do that?”
And once you know who it is, you look to their motivation. And if their motivation was to poison the reputation of Jim Comey with grand jurors, you’ve got another count in the indictment.”
Whitehouse sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is currently investigating the Trump-Russia scandal. Considering his background as a U.S. attorney and knowledge of how the law applies to these types of situations, his comments would seem to carry a lot of substance.
Regardless of what substance Robert Mueller finds in this, and more importantly how he decides to use it, it will be interesting to see how Sanders responds.
Will Mueller use it to threaten criminal prosecution in order to get her to turn on Donald Trump and testify against him? And is Sanders more willing to turn on him, or more willing to risk prison for him?
Only time will tell.