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Obstructing justice, however, is a relevant point and an extremely serious charge. No matter what way you slice it, the only reason a person obstructs an investigation is to protect specific information from coming to light or being arrested him or herself.
The question that each person in this nation ‘ought’ to be asking themselves, including Republicans, is “why” Trump continues to throw diversions into the political landscape, why Republican lawmakers continue to protect him, and why Republicans are placing Country over the party in this very serious matter?
To listen to the throng of Republicans coming onto the television last night and this morning, while listening to some of their arguments makes one point extremely clear and dangerous: they are green-lighting or giving approval for this President to continue obstructing justice.
Dershowitz, a famous lawyer for whom I once had a great deal of respect, argued that a “President should not have to answer questions regarding the intent, or matters of the mind because that would create a constitutional crisis.”
Think about the mental acrobatics Alan Dershowitz just performed here. As a lawyer, he KNOWS quite well that in order to prove obstruction two things must be done.
First, the prosecution must show intent. The prosecutor most likely has this information already but as a courtesy to Mr. Trump will ask questions allowing him to either further indict himself or clear his name.
Second, corruption must be what was attempted to be covered-up by the obstruction. The key to all of this is the intent.
Of specific interest to the special counsel: did Mr. Trump “intend” to fire Comey, Yates, and discuss firing Robert Mueller in June because he “intended” to obstruct, or prevent specific corrupt actions taken by him or his administration which were being covered up?
In the alternative was the action taken – as I have heard floated just this morning – by Trump surrogates, ” out of political ignorance,” a defense used by Donald Trump Jr, when explaining why he took that meeting with several foreign nationals from Russia, and several Trump campaign officials to “collect dirt on Trump’s political opponent?”
Trump’s statement to Lester Holt the day after the firing, provides some insight but we must allow Mueller, who is a well-respected man with experience, the opportunity to find this information out on his own.
In order to do that, however, Mr. Trump must be willing to meet with Mueller and answer the questions Mueller has for him.
Newt Gingrich was on television this morning arguing how it is “not only right but to be expected that a President demand loyalty from those who work for him, including Mr. Comey.”
Really? So, according to Gingrich, every person who KNOWS or works with Trump MUST sacrifice their freedom in contrast to telling the truth? Please. This is precisely why Mueller began with someone so low on the food chain as Papadoupolos. He started back then to build his case.
The rumor circulating is that Mueller took this approach in order to preserve and protect the investigation, lest he is fired like that now infamous night called the Saturday Night Massacre.
But here is the deal: no man including the president is above the law. I don’t care what he thinks, but what matters at the end of the day is what does that special prosecutor which the American taxpayer is paying for think.
Does he believe Trump obstructed justice? Does he think it was “innocent” which is yet another phrase being thrown out there this morning by Trump surrogates?
But most importantly? We have a right to know. Is the man occupying the Oval Office a crook, or isn’t he? The only way we find that information out is to allow the Special Prosecutor to complete his job.
So here is the million dollar question: Are the Republicans providing Trump with a wink and a nod telling him through the media that it is alright by them if he exercises this strategy of arguing as was reported by The Washington Post on Friday “that his job exempts him from having to answer those questions?”
A federal court ruled in the affirmative last go around but the Supreme Court regarding Nixon said otherwise.
We have a right to know and every last one of the 81% of Republican supporters still believes this investigation is nothing but a hoax and political retribution. These folks had better look at the man they adulate each and every day: Donald J. Trump.
If they still believe he should not be privy to the laws in this nation and don’t like the fact that he is being held to account, I have a solution: leave your office because you hardly do anything as it is, or if you are one of those supporters who “believe this is a hoax after your own guy did this to himself,” then you might want to consider re-venting your anger towards him.
Your man said “He was the ONLY law and order candidate,” at the Convention, didn’t he? Do you not even hold him to his own words? Shame on the lot of you all. By your not holding him to account, you are placing ideology and party over country and principle.
Make no mistake: should Trump refuse to cooperate or bleed out Mueller by firing the Deputy Director, you can be darned sure we will not sit idly by. Put those words into a bank account! Why? Because you can bank on them.