Is Trump Guilty of Obstruction of Justice? (VIDEO)
With ever-mounting evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to swing the 2016 election, there’s a growing chorus of voices in Congress and other officials in Washington claiming that the president at the very least is guilty of obstructing justice.
When do we call it obstruction of justice?
Last week more fuel was added to the fire when former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty about lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russians during the campaign. Over the weekend Trump tweeted suggesting that he knew Flynn lied to the FBI, and that that’s why he fired him on February 13th.
Related: Trump Administration Ridiculously Tries to Distance Themselves from Flynn – by Blaming Obama
However, if this is the case, then when Trump allegedly pressed then FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn, on February 14th, the very next day, that he was clearly and knowingly attempting to obstruct justice. Since these recent developments Congressman Ted Lieu, Senator Diane Feinstein and others have publicly pointed out Trump’s self-incriminating statements. In the words of Richard Painter, the top ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration, Trump could be Tweeting himself into an obstruction of justice conviction.
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Rio Tazewell is a Washington, DC based coalition organizer/campaign manager at a progressive advocacy organization, where he works to confront corruption in its many forms, particularly the influence of money in politics. Previously he has helped launch startups focused on civic engagement, sustainability and grassroots advocacy. He also enjoys writing and recording political hip hop. All views are his own.