Marcha 25, 2018

Trump can be guilty of obstructing justice, legal scholars say

07 Diciembre 2017, 04:28 | Gervasio Siguenza

A World of Twitter Pain for Trump Lawyer John Dowd

Trump Lawyer John Dowd: 'President Cannot Obstruct Justice'

As Trump headed to Salt Lake City to address his plan to shrink a national monument, he left behind questions about whether he was previously aware that Flynn lied to the FBI but did not act swiftly to fire him, based on comments he made on Twitter over the weekend. When confronted with evidence that Trump has repeatedly pressured Senate Republicans to end their investigation of the Russia scandal, Republicans told the New York Times that the president merely "still has the mind-set of a businessman rather than a politician".

The president says it's "very unfair" how Flynn has been treated, adding that "it's like they ruined his life".

Television commentators and tweeting lawyers quickly pounced, debating whether the message amounted to an admission that President Donald Trump knew Flynn had lied to the FBI, potentially bolstering an obstruction of justice case against him.

Strzok was also heavily involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server that she used to transmit classified information in violation of the law.

Clinton was interviewed by the FBI during the campaign about her use of a private server while leading the State Department, but Trump offered no proof to support his claim Monday.

CORRECTION (Dec. 4, 1:55 p.m., ET): An earlier version of this article misstated when James Comey, referring to Hillary Clinton, told the House Oversight Committee, "We had no basis to conclude that she lied to the FBI".

"I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn", Mr. Trump said on Twitter before dawn.

As PJ Media's own Liz Sheld asked this morning, "If they already knew what Flynn and Kislyak discussed, why did the feds interview him to ask what was discussed?"

A White House lawyer later said he had written the tweet and that the controversial line had actually been an error.

I call this a "Trump tweet", rather than saying, "President Trump tweeted", because the president evidently did not write the tweet himself.

Mueller could "explain that he has chosen to decline prosecution because he thinks that the matter should be referred to Congress for impeachment", along with other charges, it said. "Nothing about the actual facts published to date suggests that the president. colluded with anybody", was White House lawyer Ty Cobb's careful phrasing. After secretly "reassuring" Russia that it need not worry about facing consequences, the Trump administration did not deliver. "That's an implied probability of 63 per cent", said Joe Lee, Paddy Power's Head of Trump Betting. You don't want to charge everyone who says something factually incorrect in an FBI interview with lying to a federal official. Former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted in the Russia probe, but this doesn't count because "he was replaced long before the election". The Constitution imposes on the president the duty to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed", which vests the authority to oversee all federal law enforcement. In particular, Flynn, with the approval of "senior transition officials" (identified in reporting as Jared Kushner and Katie McFarland), sought to discourage Russia from escalating the situation. "The president's at war with the FBI, the FBI's at war with the president, the president's at war with parts of the DOJ".

"I was with the president on Saturday all day, frankly, and I know that what he said is correct", Conway continued, referring to Dowd. "And the FBI is, and always will be, independent". It was the most incredible thing anyone's ever seen.

Original position: When Michael Flynn, incoming national security adviser, called the Russian ambassador during the transition, they "did not discuss anything having to do with" Russia sanctions.

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