Trump would have been charged with obstruction were he not president, hundreds of former federal prosecutors assert
More than 370 former federal prosecutors who worked in Republican and Democratic administrations have signed on to a statement asserting special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s findings would have produced obstruction charges against President Trump — if not for the office he held.
The statement — signed by myriad former career government employees as well as high-profile political appointees — offers a rebuttal to Attorney General William P. Barr’s determination that the evidence Mueller uncovered was “not sufficient” to establish that Trump committed a crime.
Mueller had declined to say one way or the other whether Trump should have been charged, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that sitting presidents cannot be indicted, as well as concerns about the fairness of accusing someone for whom there can be no court proceeding.
“We emphasize that these are not matters of close professional judgment,” they added. “Of course, there are potential defenses or arguments that could be raised in response to an indictment of the nature we describe here. . . . But, to look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice — the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution — runs counter to logic and our experience.”
Georgian Airways to offer flights to Moscow via Yerevan amid ban on direct flights74723.06.2019, 10:05
Deep Illustrations Showing the Harsh Reality of the World (photo)176214.06.2019, 23:15
U.S. blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf of Oman, Iran rejects assertion (video)169814.06.2019, 11:00
Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mothers’ Health. It Involves Fathers.195211.06.2019, 00:30
US Now Requiring Social Media Details From Most Visa Applicants203903.06.2019, 22:25
8 residents of Los Angeles' San Fernando valley arrested in check-kiting scheme that allegedly defrauded banks out of nearly $1.5 million168802.06.2019, 12:50