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Trump May Have Made Mueller’s Obstruction Case Even Easier with Latest Claim


WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a "Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection" event at the White House August 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump thanked members of the border patrol and immigration enforcement community for their service during the event.

In comments to Reuters, President Donald Trump said that he thinks he’s allowed to run the Mueller probe:

Legal observers out there already think the president is walking on some shaky ground:

The latter Tweet seems to be making a few logical leaps the original Tweet seems not to make. Whether Trump ordered opinions or research on whether or not he could actually runt he investigation is not part of the factual assertions of the original Tweet. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. It’s unclear. Still, the usual chorus seems to be singing woefully:

Indeed, we have previously reported that President Trump’s own words could figure into any obstruction of justice analysis. We have also duly noted the many suggestions that Mueller’s investigation is heading toward a possible obstruction of justice charge.

For the record, obstruction of justice under 18 U.S.C. § 1503  is when a person “corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence, intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or of any court of the United States” or the “due administration of justice.” That’s just one of several flavors of obstruction of justice; here are a few others.

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[Editor’s note:  This piece has been updated with additional details.]

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.