Trump May Have Made Mueller’s Obstruction Case Even Easier with Latest Claim

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a "Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection" event at the White House August 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump thanked members of the border patrol and immigration enforcement community for their service during the event.

In comments to Reuters, President Donald Trump said that he thinks he’s allowed to run the Mueller probe:

Legal observers out there already think the president is walking on some shaky ground:

The latter Tweet seems to be making a few logical leaps the original Tweet seems not to make. Whether Trump ordered opinions or research on whether or not he could actually runt he investigation is not part of the factual assertions of the original Tweet. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. It’s unclear. Still, the usual chorus seems to be singing woefully:

Indeed, we have previously reported that President Trump’s own words could figure into any obstruction of justice analysis. We have also duly noted the many suggestions that Mueller’s investigation is heading toward a possible obstruction of justice charge.

For the record, obstruction of justice under 18 U.S.C. § 1503  is when a person “corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence, intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or of any court of the United States” or the “due administration of justice.” That’s just one of several flavors of obstruction of justice; here are a few others.

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[Editor’s note:  This piece has been updated with additional details.]

Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."

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