When Obstructing Justice is a Relevant Point

by Mark Bear

Whether Trump or his campaign worked together with the Russians to ensure his victory and then obstructed justice to prevent certain information from coming to light, or that he did not, is really an irrelevant point right now.

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.

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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.

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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.

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12 Responses to When Obstructing Justice is a Relevant Point

  1. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    January 29, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Trump may not have to fire him, or at least the traitor Nunez hopes so. They’re refined their ability to make a saint into satan and not being quite saintly, the intelligence community and the FBI being less than saintly, they may not have a chance.

    It’s a putsch. It’s a revolution, a takeover, a junta and nothing less and every day brings us closer to dictatorship, oligarchy and the iron-fisted rule of the most corrupt, ammoral, greedy administration in American history.

    Damn Trump, damn his supporters, damn the Republican cowards and damn them all before we’re all damned ourselves.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      January 29, 2018 at 9:19 am

      That fcking Nunez doesn’t seem to give one tiny shite about who knows he’s a bleeding sycophant, a lieutenant in Trump’s army. Yes. We are soon damned.

      • Dr. Mark Bear Reply

        January 30, 2018 at 9:35 am

        Hi Michael,

        I do believe you are correct. The fact that Nunez and Republicans decided to go against the advice of the Justice Department no less, when that department clearly told them that “releasing the information inside their selected statements for their memo, while not allowing the Democratic side to put theirs out, as well as them turning down the Dems request to have both Justice and the FBI review those memos first speaks volumes. They are on a mission and they will do whatever it takes, including the selling of their souls if necessary to protect the man.

  2. Glenda Durell Reply

    January 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for another great article with information that is quite timely. If we can just keep our heads on straight and work together for the next nine months and then hit the polls full force, we will enjoy that Blue Wave wash all the chaff out to sea. Hate to pollute the oceans but totally necessary.

  3. Donna Reply

    January 29, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Mark, FBI Deputy DirectorvAndrew McCabe just stepped down.

    • Dr. Mark Bear Reply

      January 30, 2018 at 9:31 am

      Hi Donna,

      Yep, I heard about it as the news broke. I am telling everyone that we are headed towards a constitutional crisis and I do not see any way out of it at this point. The question is how we deal with it. I side with Michael John Scott and several others like Neil Bamforth: Short of us taking the majority in the House and Senate (both) we will not be able to get this guy out of office. I surely hope that those people who decided it not worth their time to vote in the last election realize the pickle we are in right now.

  4. jess Reply

    January 29, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    They, the goopers, protect him because he will sign the bills put in front of him to punish the not haves in this country. I cannot find it now but I glanced over something yesterday, that was saying his assets could be seized also. THAT would piss him off to no end and me, myself and I would like to be there watching, when the stroke hit him, after he figures out Mueller is not playing.

    • Dr. Mark Bear Reply

      January 30, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi Jess,

      Personally, if I were Mueller, I would seize those assets immediately and I would place every kind of pressure on the guy that I had in my arsenal burying the guy. I think you are spot on as well, with your statement regarding why the GOP protects him, as they just need “a person with digits to sign whatever we tell him to (Grover Norquist on the acceptable nature of Mitt Romney as their nominee). Take a look over the past four plus years: pundits and politicians alike have been awaiting that moment when the Party would moderate, and what do we find? The party continues to drift if not run to the farthest corners of the far-right. Lincoln would not recognize his own party if he had the ability to come to life. Thanks for your input Jess. I really do appreciate your approach.

  5. Neil Bamforth Reply

    January 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve a feeling you’re stuck with him for the full term.

    If he was going to be impeached or whatever it would have happened by now.

    I’ve a feeling Trump is Teflon.

    Nowt will stick.

    Good luck!!!

    • jess Reply

      January 29, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Not with the goopers in charge he wouldn’t be impeached Neil. There is a wave election coming this year that may change the dynamic regarding impeachment though.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      January 29, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      I agree with Neil. He won’t be impeached, at least not this year. Secondly, even if impeached it doesn’t mean he has to leave office. He has to be impeached by the Congress, and then convicted in a trial by the Senate. Both have to happen.

  6. Glenn R. Geist Reply

    January 30, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I don’t think I’m delusional in thinking he can create a diversion so large that he can justify declaring martial law and suspending elections so that 2018 will not be the debacle that seems to be coming.

    Maybe it will have something to do with Hillary’s deep state or some other fantasy. Maybe he’ll go after the Marines as revolutionary left-wing conspirators. He’s already threatened to replace everyone in the pentagon.
    He’s just more dangerous than most of his detractors suspect. He wants to be a ruler – a great and glorious ruler and won’t let anything like losing an election get in his way.

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