Trump's Attorney Says That Trump Can't Obstruct Justice

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Trump on Russia inquiry"What has been shown is no collusion

One top D.C. lawyer told me that obstruction is usually an ancillary charge rather than a principal one, such as aquid pro quo between the Trump campaign and Russians.

More fuel was provided to critics of Clinton and the investigation into her email over the weekend when it was revealed that an FBI agent, who also worked on the email server investigation, had been fired over anti-Trump text messages.

Fast-forward to Saturday, and a tweet from the president's account read: "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI".

She wrote the sanctions could also make it more difficult for Trump to ease tensions with Russia, "which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him", she wrote in the emails obtained by the Times.

Mueller's Russia probe is causing anxiety, paranoia in the White House where 'everyone thinks they're being recorded.' President Trump flies to Utah today with an announcement on national monuments cuts.

At the time Flynn was having the contacts with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak that led to the Justice Department's decision to have the FBI interview Flynn, the acting attorney general was Sally Yates.

He then proceeded to claim Hillary Clinton had lied many times to the FBI and had gotten away with it. He has pleaded guilty to those lies. Of the cases I was involved with, the only time a PNG was approved was when allowing the spy to remain would have resulted in actual physical harm to a U.S. person.

Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey in May is at the heart of the accusations that the president may have engaged in obstruction of justice. And all who purport to care about American credibility must stop pooh-poohing the underlying behavior here at issue. Lawyers routinely draft public comments in a client's name and often have the authority to do so without even clearing the language with the client. Everyone wants to know: Who will Mueller charge next, and with what crime?

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes slammed the FBI and DOJ for "hiding" information and "stonewalling" inquiries by lawmakers as well as questioning whether Strzok handled the discredited "Trump dossier".

What is much less clear is whether the Trump team's secret dealings with Moscow to lift sanctions or improve the relationship were part of a deal for covert Russian help to dig dirt on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The Logan Act reflects the principle that the president is the sole representative of the United States, according to the professors.

The president's aides and legal advisers have scrambled for 48 hours to explain a presidential tweet that raised the specter of obstruction.

Shortly after Dowd's Axios interview was published, several attorneys spoke out in disagreement with the assertion that the president cannot obstruct justice.

"My take is that the idea that Dowd should be disbarred is nonsense".

Still, Flynn's phone calls fit into a timeline that saw Putin react leniently after Obama's administration expelled 35 diplomats, and ignore recommendations from his own Foreign Ministry to immediately expel 35 U.S. diplomats in retaliation.

And did Trump, as president, engage in obstruction of justice? "President, I rise to offer an amendment that from passage of this bill forward every time a GOP member cites the debt in this chamber an '80s sitcom laugh track be played'".

Pence, who served as head of Trump's transition, has not publicly commented on Flynn's plea. Comey, the FBI director at the time, testified in July 2016, not in July 2017.