Someone in the House Is Trolling Trump on Wikipedia's Obstruction of Justice Page

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Donald Trump speaking to members of NATO at the G7 Summit in Sicily. Someone in the House of Representatives reportedly added the president's name to an "Obstruction of Justice" Wikipedia page Thursday, the same day former FBI Director James Comey testified before a Senate intelligence committee. Reuters

Someone seemingly using an IP address associated with the House of Representatives added Donald Trump’s name to a Wikipedia article on obstruction of justice Thursday morning—at the same time former FBI Director James Comey took the stand to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the president’s possible collusion with the Kremlin.

@CongressEdits, an automated Twitter bot that announces all edits made to Wikipedia pages with IP addresses from within the U.S. Congress, noted the "Obstruction of Justice" Wikipedia article had been anonymously edited at about 11:00 a.m. EDT, just one hour after Thursday’s open hearing on Capitol Hill kicked off. A major focal point of Comey’s blockbuster testimony is whether Trump fired the ex-director to intervene and weaken an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, as well as whether he obstructed justice by asking Comey to “let go” of a probe into his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

The edit was removed from Wikipedia within the hour.

The debate as to whether Trump actually obstructed justice when asking for the director's loyalty or firing him to ease the burden of the Russian investigation will wage on for years on Capitol Hill. But someone in the House has clearly already made up their mind, adding Trump's name to a list of "notable examples" of obstruction of justice being performed by elected officials.

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The list begins with former President Richard Nixon, who the Wikipedia page notes was "being investigated for obstruction of justice for his alleged role in the cover-up of the break-in at the Watergate hotel during his re-election campaign in 1972," before he ultimately resigned to avoid impeachment.

Wikipedia's edit was quickly noticed by the Twitter bot’s over 40,000 followers, receiving nearly 1,000 retweets in a matter of minutes.

Whereas each bullet includes a summary of each example, Trump's name was added Thursday to the list without any back links or pointed opinions. As of Thursday, the latest notable example of obstruction of justice listed on Wikipedia simply stated: "Donald Trump."

It remains unclear whether Trump obstructed justice at any point during his nine conversations with Comey during his tenure as FBI director. The former head of the federal agency, who was serving a 10-year contract before Trump fired him in May, said Thursday, "I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct."

"I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards to find out the intention and whether that’s an offense," Comey added.