President Donald Trump has been constantly attacking the Russia probe for months, and his tweet on Wednesday saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop the investigation has flared up the question of whether Trump’s actions would constitute obstruction of justice.
According to then-FBI Director James Comey, immediately after taking the responsibility of a President, Trump asked Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Trump later fired Comey, and said Russia had been on his mind when he made the decision. After special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US election, Trump apparently considered firing Mueller.
As the trial of Trump Administration’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort goes underway, marking the first trial of the Mueller probe, Trump has pulled all stops to end it, from imploring Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop it to discrediting the investigation in public, calling it a ‘Witch Hunt’.
Apart from collusion with Russia during the 2016 Presidential elections, Trump is also being investigated for obstruction of justice, something which prosecutors say is not a clear-cut matter and corrupt “intent” would have to be proved. If proved, the traditional form of action would be impeachment and it would fall to the House and Senate to judge if the actions of the President call for punishment.
In response to Trump’s tweets, US Representative for California’s 28th congressional district Adam Schiff, a high ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, alleged that the demands of the President “is an attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight” and that “America must never accept it.”
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted in praise of Gregg Jarrett’s new book ‘The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme To Clear Hillary Clinton And Frame Donald Trump’, calling the book “Hard work from a brilliant guy. It’s the Real Story of the Rigged Witch Hunt!”
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