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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Page 220 of the Mueller Report: "Under applicable Supreme Court precedent, the Constitution does not categorically and permanently immunize a President for obstructing justice through the use of his Article II powers . The separation-of-powers doctrine authorizes Congress to protect official proceedings, including those of courts and grand juries, from corrupt, obstructive acts regard less of their source. We also concluded that any inroad on presidential authority that would occur from prohibiting corrupt acts does not undermine the President's ability to fulfill his constitutional mission. The term "corruptly " sets a demanding standard. It requires a concrete showing that a person acted with an intent to obtain an improper advantage for himself or someone else, inconsistent with official duty and the rights ofothers. A preclusion of"corrupt" official action does not diminish the President's ability to exercise Article II powers. For example , the proper supervision of criminal law does not demand freedom for the President to act with a corrupt intention of shielding himself from criminal punishment , avoiding financial liability, or preventing personal embarrassment. To the contrary, a statute that prohibits official action undertaken for such corrupt purposes furthers, rather than hinders, the impartial and evenhanded administration of the law. It also aligns with the President's constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws. Finally, we concluded that in the rare case in which a criminal investigation of the President ' s conduct is justified, inquiries to determine whether the President acted for a corrupt motive should not impermissibly chill his performance of his constitutionally assigned duties . The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President ' s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law."

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"[N]o person is above the law."

#1 | Posted by qcp at 2019-04-18 02:14 PM | Reply

so what trump's lawyers have been doing for the last few days is explaining what this all means and what subjects to not comment on for any reason.

#2 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2019-04-18 02:51 PM | Reply

Reading that article it would seem to me that Mueller is saying he did obstruct justice - I'm just not going to be the one that definitively says so.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-04-18 04:44 PM | Reply

He's saying that it wouldn't have done him any good to say so because he cannot indict the Pres under current DOJ policy.

He's certainly given Congress enough to hold hearings on whether to proceed to impeachment or not. Which is how we got rid of Tricky Dick.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-04-18 05:17 PM | Reply

"Mueller report: Attorney General Barr jumped the gun in clearing Trump of obstruction

Contrary to Barr's conclusion, the Mueller report leaves very much open the question of whether President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice."

www.usatoday.com

"Aides refused to help efforts to obstruct

Mueller reports that because aides and advisers to Trump refused to "carry out orders," the President was prevented from influencing the special counsel's investigation.

Here's the relevant line: "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests."

www.cnn.com

"That lyin' Mueller Report!"

#5 | Posted by Corky at 2019-04-18 05:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's called "legal advice".

we got him now!

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-04-18 05:37 PM | Reply

Has anyone on this forum ever had to shout "council!"

Jesus.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-04-18 05:39 PM | Reply

10 episodes where Trump might have obstructed justice

"might" after 2 years, might!!!

obstructed justice when there hasn't been a crime, how does that happen?

#8 | Posted by Maverick at 2019-04-18 07:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Apparently some people have never heard that it isn't the crime that gets them, it's the cover-up.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2019-04-18 07:55 PM | Reply

"The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests."

Hbrat reads that and "thinks" legal advice?

That's some really deep stupid there.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2019-04-18 07:57 PM | Reply

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Now we know why Barr ruled "no obstruction":

Adam Klasfeld @KlasfeldReports

#AlwaysReadTheFootnotes

MUELLER, p. 390, footnote 1991: "A possible remedy through impeachment for abuses of power would not substitute for potential criminal liability after a President leaves office."

twitter.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-18 08:02 PM | Reply

But wait, all of the alt-right (R)tards here plus Hannity and Tucker said this is over, LMAO!

#12 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-04-19 12:02 AM | Reply

Gives new meaning to the term "Teflon Don":

Carol Leonnig @CarolLeonnig

To Mueller, Trump appeared to be a mob boss and criminal, hell bent on thwarting an investigation of himself.

But Mueller didnt feel he had the power to call it that.
Me and @DevlinBarrett @jdawsey1

Mueller laid out ‘thorough and compelling' case of obstruction, but Barr decided Trump wasn't guilty of a crime

www.washingtonpost.com

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-04-19 12:07 AM | Reply

18 USC § 1505 - Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees

"Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress--"

.... I'll repost the snippet that matters for the lazy...

"  or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede "

Trump is 100% guilty of obstruction of justice.

#14 | Posted by gavaster at 2019-04-19 08:56 AM | Reply

10 episodes where Trump might have obstructed justice
"might" after 2 years, might!!!
obstructed justice when there hasn't been a crime, how does that happen?

#8 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Idiot.

1. Obstruction doesn't require conviction of the underlying crime. If it did, who wouldn't obstruct like crazy?
2. Obstruction can be of an investigation into the crimes of others...i.e. his campaign staff.

Go back and get your GED.

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-04-19 05:07 PM | Reply

Syco,
This has nothing to do with maverick, but I think you over value a GED.

#16 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-04-19 09:32 PM | Reply

May, should, shall.
3 distinctive words in government.

#17 | Posted by sunuvavitch at 2019-04-20 11:23 AM | Reply

How can you obstruct a non crime?

#18 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-04-20 11:58 AM | Reply

bstructed justice when there hasn't been a crime, how does that happen?

#8 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Trump tried to stop an investigation into the Russians hacking our system. Trump and his minions were caught up in the surveillance.

Trying to stop or impede a legal investigation is obstruction of justice and abuse of power.

There actually does not have to be a smoking gun.

There is plenty of evidence of of cooperation and everything just short of conspiracy with the Russians .

Just because Mueller is abiding by the Justice dept MEMO does not mean that others cannot prosecute or Indict.

King Oringe is toast.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-04-20 01:40 PM | Reply

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