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Sen. Manchin: 'I'm Not Going to Rule on Obstruction of Justice'

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By    |   Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 12:05 PM

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he would not offer up an opinion on whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, the senator said Thursday on CNN's "New Day."

"I'm not a lawyer and I'm not going to rule on obstruction of justice, because James Comey should be able to answer that question for us," Manchin said, referring to the former FBI director in his testimony about alleged ties between Russia and Trump's campaign.

Manchin pointed out that the Senate Intelligence Committee, of which he is a member, would get a closed meeting with Comey Thursday afternoon. Any questions that cannot be answered in the open meeting would be given there, Manchin said.

"We're going to ask those questions. If he can't answer them in an open setting, then in a classified setting, there's no reason why he won't answer them, or he shouldn't answer them, and we'll press that," the senator said.

He said he is concerned about making sure the law is followed.

"I want to make sure that the rule of law was adhered to, that no person is above the law, not even the president or anybody on the lower end of the scale. We all have to abide by this law and I'm going to make sure that's adhered to before I sign off on anything," Manchin said.

"Before I sign off on the report, we're going to get the answers," Manchin added.

He added that he had "all the confidence" in Robert Mueller, who is conducting the Russia probe.

The senator also appeared on NBC's "Today" on Thursday. 

"No one's above the law, no matter the president, nor anybody else in his administration," Manchin said on "Today."

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he would not offer up an opinion on whether President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, the senator said Thursday on CNN's "New Day."
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