Questions of obstruction of justice raised in Comey hearing

Local experts are weighing in on Comey's testimony

NORFOLK, VA. (WVEC)-- James Comey didn't mince any words.

Except, when the fired FBI director was asked if President Trump, in allegedly asking him to take it easy on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, had obstructed justice.

"I don't think it's for me to say if the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct," said Comey, under oath before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards."

Christopher Newport University Political Science Professor Quentin Kidd did not know what to make of that testimony.

"I'm not sure if that meets the court of law standard for obstruction of justice and that's the real question, I think," he said.

Kidd says regardless of the obstruction question, this investigation is now one that is reaching historical proportions.

"It's the most serious investigation of a president since Bill Clinton was investigated, and that led to an impeachment charge in the House," he said. "Prior to that, the most serious investigation of a president was Richard Nixon's investigation. And that led to the resignation of the president. So I would certainly put this is the two or three most serious investigations of a president in the last 150 years of this country's history."

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