"It says that the President is above the law, plain and simple", said Former Justice Department Spokesman Matthew Miller. "And I see it most importantly in what happened with the firing of Director [James] Comey, and it is my belief that is directly because he did not agree to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation".
Obstruction of justice is the act of impeding an official investigation.
President Trump's personal attorney is giving a hint what their defense might be if the president is charged with obstruction of justice. "Would he consider pardoning him?"
There was never any indication from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Mrs Clinton did not tell the truth.
The impeachment charges filed against both Nixon and Clinton demonstrate that a sitting USA president can indeed be charged with obstruction of justice - and that a precedent for impeachment related to this charge has already been established.
The Wall Street Journal editorial pages has emerged as one of the President Donald Trump's staunchest allies in his efforts to undermine the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. While there is not necessarily historical precedent that demonstrates that presidents can be criminally indicted for obstructing justice, many experts agree that it is allowable under the law, especially considering the tenets of American democracy and the U.S. Constitution. Dowd declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Saturday night.
Some have cited Judge Andrew Napolitano's comments on the Fox News program America's Newsroom as contradicting Dershowitz's remarks. Comey has said Trump the following day brought up the Flynn investigation in private at the White House and told him he hoped he could "let this go". "Obstruction of justice is a crime no matter who commits it, if done for a corrupt objective".
But Dershowitz had a different take on Flynn's potential testimony, noting that Mueller had charged Flynn with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "They also refused to answer questions about Mr. Strzok's dismissal and refused to make him available for an interview".
In addition to the seething editorials, the newspaper has also published a series of opinion pieces from contributors attacking the Mueller probe, including one that accused the investigation of "imperil [ing] the rule of law".
Politico magazine also reported that, in Clinton's case, the 42nd president was actually impeached on an obstruction of justice charge, which alleged that he obstructed justice by engaging "in a course of conduct or scheme created to delay, impede, cover up and hide the existence of evidence and testimony related to a Federal civil rights action brought against him in a duly instituted judicial proceeding".