Monday, December 04, 2017

Trump's Lawyer Goes Full Nixon

The attorney for Donald Trump who sought to take the blame for a tweet that could signal the president took part in the obstruction of justice has offered a new defence of Trump's actions: the president cannot obstruct justice. "The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case," John Dowd told the Axios website. ... Axios quoted Bob Bauer, a New York University law professor and former White House counsel to Barack Obama, as saying: "It is certainly possible for a president to obstruct justice."

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To some critics, Dowd's denial that the president can obstruct justice carried echoes of Richard Nixon's assertion, to David Frost in an interview in 1977, that "when the president does it, that means it is not illegal". Others pointed out that the articles of impeachment against Nixon opened with the charge that he "obstructed, and impeded the administration of justice".

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#1 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-12-04 11:06 AM

Mr. Dowd, the ghost of Richard Nixon would like to talk to you; line one.

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-04 11:17 AM

"Nixon When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal"

www.youtube.com

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-04 11:37 AM

good one. or else he will be removed by congress? haha. right.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-04 11:38 AM


... "The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case," John Dowd told the Axios website. ...

This is coming from the lawyer who admitted he composed a tweet that was not at all beneficial for his client, Pres Trump.

Atty Dowd looks to me to be among the most clueless attorneys on the planet.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-04 11:44 AM

This lawyer's statements are the first time I really thought we are at the beginning of the end for Trump. The end game will be noteworthy for Trump fighting dirty, without moral restraint or love of country because he has none.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-04 12:59 PM

"But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" Amos 5:24

"To paraphrase the Buddha -- Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun; the moon; and the truth."

-James Comey

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-04 01:08 PM

I heard he also confessed to being the voice on the Access Hollywood tape..

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-04 01:14 PM


Interview on NRP's Morning Edition with Preet Bharara, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
www.npr.org

About 2:43 into the four minute podcast, Mr Bharara says the following:

... I have a lot of experience with John Dowd ... He represented some high profile people in cases before my office. And he said then, as he's saying now, a lot of incorrect, mistaken and, on occasion, ludicrous things, so I don't put a lot of stock in it. ... The mere fact that the President is the President doesn't immunize him from an accusation of obstruction...

#9 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-04 01:16 PM

This is coming from the lawyer who admitted he composed a tweet that was not at all beneficial for his client, Pres Trump.

Atty Dowd looks to me to be among the most clueless attorneys on the planet.

Anyone with 1/100th a brain knows that he did not compose that tweet.

#10 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-04 01:17 PM

Headline is unfair to Nixon & co. They were criminals too, but they weren't as pathetically stupid as trump's people.

#11 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-04 01:18 PM

@#10 ... Anyone with 1/100th a brain knows that he did not compose that tweet. ...

While I don't "know," I do have a strong suspicion that it was Pres Trump himself who composed and sent the tweet, with Mr Dowd accepting blame to avoid obstruction of justice charges against Pres Trump .

But going on the premise that it was really Mr Dowd, the Twitter account is Pres Trump's and represents the official word of Pres Trump (according to the White House on multiple occasions). As such, anything on that account is the official word of Pres Trump, regardless of who writes it.

#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-04 01:23 PM

"While I don't "know," I do have a strong suspicion that it was Pres Trump himself who composed and sent the tweet"

The syntax gives it away. Only the Dotard has a mind which babbles in that manner.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-04 01:33 PM

"a president cannot obstruct justice" - Attorney for President Dotard Trump.

LOL ~ It's those 4 Martini lunches.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-04 01:42 PM

This is the defense you use when you have nothing left.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-04 01:58 PM

It's the battle of the century! Incompetence or corruption: Which Trump team trait will come out on top?

~ Cast your vote now AT 1-800-DJT-LIES ~

#16 | Posted by cbob at 2017-12-04 02:18 PM

In his mind he is thinking "I am not a crook." It is doubtful if he can restrain himself from saying it out loud.

#17 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2017-12-04 02:23 PM

The United States vs Donald J Trump.

Rolls right off the tongue as though it was meant to be.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-04 02:35 PM

Impeach this bass turd already.

#19 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-12-04 02:35 PM

All I want for the Holidays
Is an Impeachment trial
Impeachment trial
Just an Impeachment trial
Gee, if I could only have
an Impeachment trial
Then I could wish you a Happy Holiday too!

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-04 02:40 PM

That Trump's lawyer is even putting out that argument is horrifying. Makes me wonder just how guilty Trump is, and of how many different sets of crimes that we don't yet even know about.

#21 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-04 03:16 PM

MODER8

If Mueller has Trump's tax returns he knows everything about Trump's "other crimes." Obstruction of Justice could be just the opening salvo.

We'll see. This can't last forever.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-05 08:12 AM

"The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,"

"The Constitution of the United States requires the Senate to convict and remove the President of the United States if it is proven that he has committed high crimes while in office. It has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that President William Jefferson Clinton has persisted in a continuous pattern to lie and obstruct justice. The chief law officer of the land, whose oath of office calls on him to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, crossed the line and failed to protect the law, and, in fact, attacked the law and the rights of a fellow citizen.
Under our Constitution, such acts are high crimes and equal justice requires that he forfeit his office. For these reasons, I felt compelled to vote to convict and remove the President from office."

Jeff Sessions, 1999, during the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-12-06 12:46 AM

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