News   /   Politics

Mueller report 'confusing' on obstruction of justice, Comey says

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
In this AFP file photo taken on May 11, 2018 Former FBI Director James Comey speaks about his book "A Higher Loyalty" during a discussion at the Brookings Institution May 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Former FBI Director James Comey says the report by special counsel Robert Mueller is “confusing” when it comes to obstruction of justice by US President Donald Trump.

"The part that's confusing is, I can't quite understand what's going on with the obstruction stuff," Comey said to an audience at Belk Theatre on Tuesday.

The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who was fired by Trump added that "I have great faith in Bob Mueller, but I just can't tell from the letter why didn't he decide these questions when the entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren't making the key charging decisions."

The comments came after the so-called Russia probe concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

"The notion that obstruction cases are somehow undermined by the absence of proof of an underlying crime, that is not my experience in 40 years of doing this nor is it the Department of Justice's tradition. Obstruction crimes matter without regard to what you prove about the underlying crime," said Comey, who initially led the s-called Russia probe before Trump fired him in May 2017.

Trump had, on several occasions, called the special counsel probe a "hoax," a “witch hunt,” or a “scam.”

"The good part is that the special counsel was allowed to finish his work and reached a conclusion; that's very, very important to this country," Comey said. "The Russians really did massively interfere with the 2016 election with the goal of damaging one candidate and helping the other. That was not a hoax. That was a real thing."

Ever since Trump was elected to office, Moscow has been rejecting allegations of meddling in the presidential election.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku