Senator foresees obstruction of justice case

Senator foresees obstruction of justice case

John Dowd, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, revealed possible legal defense in the ongoing Russian Federation probe, claiming a president can not obstruct justice.

When Ingraham asked him about the argument claiming that Trump obstructed justice allegedly by talking to Comey about "letting Flynn go", Dershowitz said the idea was "ludicrous".

"I don't think the President is getting good legal advice", Stone told the Daily News in reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

As part of his wide-ranging investigation into Russia's election interference, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump improperly pressured Comey to end the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and his decision to fire the FBI chief three months later.

President Donald Trump is attacking his own Federal Bureau of Investigation in a series of tweets and says the law enforcement agency's reputation is "in Tatters - worst in History!" "Nixon", Dershowitz says, "told aides to lie to Federal Bureau of Investigation, pay hush money and destroy evidence", and so obstruction charges were appropriate in that case. The impeachment charges for both Nixon and Clinton both included obstruction of justice.

"The president has lots of powers and has lots of things he can do, but he still can't do it for an improper objective", said Barbara McQuade, a former US attorney in Detroit.

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

Trump's personal lawyer John Dowd told ABC News that he drafted the tweet and gave it to the president's social media director Dan Scavino.

As the Congressional Research Service explains: "Obstruction of justice is the frustration of governmental purposes by violence, corruption, destruction of evidence, or deceit". 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. "But you can be charged with obstruction of justice if you go beyond that and commit other crimes".

If that is true of the prosecutor, the low man on the totem pole, the same would seem to apply to any government official who directs - even contrary to well established custom - that a prosecution be discontinued, including the attorney general or even the top law enforcement official, the president.

"The articles of impeachment against Nixon mention obstruction of justice". Mr. Dowd, have you heard of Congress's power to impeach a president? He declined to further elaborate, instead referring to comments made by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz. "I now see that Mr. Dowd said the tweet came from him".

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