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Trumps own words and Tweets raise questions about obstruction of justice. 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-own-words-add-fuel-to-questions-about-the-legality-of...


Yes, and as the article later mentions, Trump's tweets could be considered a threat to Comey and anyone who takes his place.

 

"Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Democratic senator and a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said that Trump’s tweet was a “thinly veiled threat” that “could be construed as threatening a witness in this investigation, which is another violation of federal law.”

 

And Robert Reich explains,

 

The real issues are these:

(1) The illegality of a President of the United States seeking to intimidate a potential witness in a congressional investigation.

(2) The illegality of a President potentially intimidating current FBI personnel who are investigating that president or his aides, by firing the former FBI head who was leading such an investigation and now threatening retaliation against him.

These illegal acts cannot be ignored. We are facing a constitutional crisis potentially larger and more significant than Richard Nixon’s “Watergate.” As long as Donald Trump remains president, our governing institutions are threatened.

The question now is whether there exist 22 House Republicans whose loyalty to the United States exceeds their loyalty to the Republican Party, who would join with House Democrats in seeking a bill of impeachment.

 

http://robertreich.org

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Trumps own words and Tweets raise questions about obstruction of justice.  Now, we know the Republicans won't impeach him until the support among his core starts to fall. Obstruction of justice, however, was deemed to be one of the infractions meriting impeachment proceedings both in the case of Richard M. Nixon in 1974 and of Bill Clinton in 1998. Looks like we are starting down that road again. 

 

Obstruction is “a very mental-state-based crime,” said Duke University law professor Samuel W. Buell, a former federal prosecutor. “It’s all about the purpose with which it’s done. In theory, trying to intimidate, silence, or even influence someone who is investigating you could be obstruction of justice.”

But whether the unfolding controversy ultimately puts Trump’s presidency at risk is more a question of politics than law.

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-own-words-add-fuel-to-questions-about-the-legality-of...

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