Over 400 former federal prosecutors say that Donald Trump would face felony charges for obstruction of justice and witness tampering if he were not the president.
Trump would be indicted if he wasn’t president
In a letter posted on Medium, the former prosecutors wrote:
Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.
The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all of the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming. These include:
· The President’s efforts to fire Mueller and to falsify evidence about that effort;
· The President’s efforts to limit the scope of Mueller’s investigation to exclude his conduct; and
· The President’s efforts to prevent witnesses from cooperating with investigators probing him and his campaign.
Trump could still be indicted if he loses the 2020 election
The statute of limitations is ticking on Trump’s potential crimes. It has been reported that the only reason that the president is running for reelection is to avoid indictment. Rep. Adam Schiff believes that a sitting president can be indicted, but the bigger concern for Trump is that he will be indicted as soon as he leaves office. The conspiracy to pay Stormy Daniels hush money in violation of campaign finance laws almost guarantees an indictment.
The prosecutors were correct. If Donald Trump was anyone else, but the president, he would already be under indictment. The presidency is keeping Trump out of prison, just as the Founders never intended.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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