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Trump Lawyer Says President Is Innocent Because Collusion Is Not A Crime

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Rita Gibson | 06 Декабря, 2017, 09:12

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Monday that President Donald Trump's tweet over the weekend saying he fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn because he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is "very powerful evidence of obstruction of justice".

Feinstein said she believes Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey came "directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation".

A Senate investigation into connections between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 US election suggests that a potential case of obstruction of justice is developing against the president, Sen.

But there was never a broader discussion early on about whether the president could obstruct justice in any matter, the person said. He should just order that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation cease immediately, claim that his actions are "constitutionally authorized" and move on.

Dowd denied Trump knew Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but raised new questions by also providing a further account of the January meetings in which former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was a security risk because he had lied about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. He has pled guilty to those lies. She added, "That's obstruction of justice".

Trump is also under the erroneous impression that he can get out of trouble and doesn't understand the "threat" Mueller poses, Stone claimed.

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Dowd said McGahn reported the conversation to Trump in that manner. But even assuming impeachment remains an option, that does not explain why the criminal laws concerning obstruction of justice would not apply to the president. Specialists said that the President's acknowledgement enlarged his legitimate subjection to hindrance of justice charges, one of the central felonies under inspection by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That investigation began by looking at possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and, thanks to Trump's own actions, has also come to key on Trump's possible obstruction of justice. Most of the cases charged under the law are against people who tried to hide evidence or pressure witnesses in court cases.

"For years, professors have engaged in a type of professorial parlor game of unanswered questions ranging from the definition of "emoluments" to prosecuting a president in office to charging a president with obstruction", Turley said.

Even if the law applies, though, it remains unclear whether a president could ever face criminal charges for breaking it.

"The articles of impeachment against Nixon mention obstruction of justice".

Whether or not a president can be charged with the crime of obstruction of justice is a more controversial matter that has no historical precedent, though many experts argue that previous investigations of presidents for impeachment proceedings have proceeded with the assumption that a president can be indicted. Nixon resigned in August 1974, before he could be impeached or removed from office. "I now see that Mr. Dowd said the tweet came from him". Dowd also declined requests for further comment on Monday.

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