Trump Lawyer Says President Is Innocent Because Collusion Is Not A Crime

Dianne Feinstein We’re Building a Case for Obstruction of Justice					by Joel B. Pollak4 Dec 20170		4 Dec 2017		4 Dec 2017

Dianne Feinstein We’re Building a Case for Obstruction of Justice by Joel B. Pollak4 Dec 20170 4 Dec 2017 4 Dec 2017

At the beginning of Mueller's investigation, Trump's legal team had an academic discussion over whether a president could obstruct justice by firing the FBI director, said a person familiar with the conversations.

"John Dowd, President Trump's outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russian Federation probe: A president can not be guilty of obstruction of justice", Mike Allen reported Monday.

"But there's never been a case in history where a president has been charged with obstruction of justice for merely exercising his constitutional authority", Dershowitz said.

As part of his wide-ranging investigation into Russia's election interference, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump improperly pressured Comey to end the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and his decision to fire the FBI chief three months later.

Dowd denied Trump knew Flynn had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but raised new questions by also providing a further account of the January meetings in which former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates warned White House Counsel Don McGahn that Flynn was a security risk because he had lied about his conversations with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and is now cooperating in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. Trump also has a constitutional authority to tell the U.S. Department of Justice who to investigate and who not to investigate, according to Dershowitz.

Dershowitz was reacting to the suggestion by U.S. Sen. Trump had previously blamed the February 13 firing on the fact that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition.

Later, Trump's private lawyer, John Dowd, admitted writing the tweet and said it was his "mistake."

"My view is the president can obstruct justice if he did what [former President Richard] Nixon did, going back to your point about Watergate". The president says in a tweet that "we will bring it back to greatness".

Dershowitz went farther in suggesting that Article II also protects the president from impeachment for exercising his law enforcement power. "Let me just say that it is not the most artful performance I have seen in my years", Judge Lewis concluded.

And some federal courts have suggested that obstruction laws are meant to stop a broad array of tampering.

"The articles of impeachment against Nixon mention obstruction of justice". Lawmakers cited obstruction in impeachment proceedings against presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Dowd said he stood by his version of events. Interior of the White House, some senior officials were perplexed that Dowd openly presented the supposition of the law, which has been encouraged since the summer by the authorized scholar Alan Dershowitz in fortification of Trump but undoubtedly discharged by numerous legitimate by many other legitimate intellects.

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