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Reich writes: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing a report on Trump's repeated attempts to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation, according to NBC News."

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)
Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)


This Might Be the Charge That Leads to Trump's Impeachment

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

14 April 18

 

pecial Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing a report on Trump's repeated attempts to obstruct justice in the Russia investigation, according to NBC News. Mueller is reportedly focused on:

1) The firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Last May, Trump fired Comey after demanding loyalty and urging him to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

2) Reports that Trump dangled the possibility of presidential pardons to former aides who might otherwise incriminate him to avoid conviction. Last summer Trump's lawyers secretly floated the idea of presidential pardons for Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn as Mueller prepared to bring charges against them, according to the New York Times.

3) Misleading statements about Don Jr. and Jared Kushner's meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to obtain dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump reportedly helped draft a deliberately misleading statement about the meeting.

4) Trump's attempts to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself in the Russia investigation. Trump reportedly told White House chief counsel Don McGahn that he needed Sessions "to protect him" from the investigation.

The federal crime of obstruction of justice applies to “[w]hoever 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” in a proceeding or investigation by a government department or agency or Congress. This might very well be the charge that ultimately leads to Trump's impeachment. What do you think?


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-13 # indian weaving 2018-04-14 10:07
Were it not for the deception and lies of all the USA's MSM, this would instead be the real bombshell, discrediting Trump / France / UK for invasion and attacking Syria for absolutely no reason. Turns out, the chemical killer used in the UK to hurt the Skripals was made in both the UK and USA, identified as a different chemical from Novichok, obviously used by the UK / USA as a false flag attack to give a dishonest excuse to attack Syria today:

http://theduran.com/lavrov-bombshell/.

The real problem is the MSM in the USA will not broadcast the truth about anything anymore either. I'm betting most Americans never hear that Trump's reasons to attack Syria are 100% lies, as are May's and Macron's. Such is the rampant ignorance of 98% of USA citizens, horrifying cowards that they are.
 
 
-15 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-14 14:06
I.W. -- Yes, two fake chemical attacks and the mass media is still waving its arms and gnashing its teeth about the horrors of Russia and Assad. It is too late for Americans. They are brain dead zombies.
 
 
+9 # MidwestDick 2018-04-14 14:11
Significant exceptions to the popular narrative, but why here?
Here they are merely whatabouts or red herrings.
 
 
+10 # MidwestDick 2018-04-14 14:14
If this is the whole enchilada -- obstruction, then the Mueller things is just another failed special counsel and the Republicans have gotten away with another one.
I want to see where the president and his team received stolen property from Russian hackers via Wikileaks and used it to steal the election. That's the crime.
 
 
+9 # lfeuille 2018-04-14 23:14
There are multiple crimes involved including obstruction of justice. If you think that's a crime that the president should get a pass on then there is definitely something off in your priorities. There is also money laundering and tax evasion and numerous constitutional violations. But probably not election meddling with Russia. So what. He's a slimy criminal. No one else would get away with this stuff and neither should he.
 
 
+8 # DongiC 2018-04-14 12:08
The imperialist powers, USA, UK, and France have paralyzed truth. Main street media have failed us once again. Why wait for investigations to occur? They may find someone quilty besides Assad and that would complicate everything. The arms manufacturers are in rapture.
 
 
+7 # palaherb@gmail.com 2018-04-14 12:10
Given the potential difficulties with the Republican majority in the House, a bill of Impeachment may never see the light on the House' floor. Since obstruction of justice is a "federal crime", it would seem that the federal courts may be a more receptive venue for Trump to have his "day in Court."

Not certain who could file such an indictment, however there would be/should be strong public pressure to move on it.
 
 
+10 # REDPILLED 2018-04-14 12:10
Trump's illegal attack on Syria provides a stronger case for impeachment and conviction:

In attacking Syria without a Congressional declaration of war, Trump has violated the Constitution and his oath of office to obey that document of U.S. laws.

In waging a war of aggression on Syria, Trump has violated the United Nations Charter, a document of international law, and, because the U.N. Charter is part of the U.S. Constitution due to the "Supremacy clause" (Article Vi, Clause 2), has again violated the Constitution.
 
 
-4 # lfeuille 2018-04-14 23:17
Not really. The few cases where impeachment has occurred have been over domestic situations. You may find Syria more important but most people, including Congress will not.
 
 
-5 # PCPrincess 2018-04-14 12:30
Thanks for the link! It was initially reported in RT, a link for it was provided at theduran.com. I wonder if those that 'flagged' you even bothered to follow the story. I have absolutely reached the point where I will never trust again anything fed to us by the government and I don't trust the mainstream media at all and haven't for a long time.

In fact, I read an article yesterday reminding us of the widely-used tactic of having 'pay-rolled' employees of the CIA and other government agencies at posts as writers and editors at many mainstream news media organizations.
 
 
+11 # corduroyz 2018-04-14 12:50
Trump's mere existence should be sufficient reason for removal from office.
 
 
+6 # Carlosmik 2018-04-14 13:10
While it makes for exciting reading, the obstruction of justice theory will not (IMO) get Trump, What will Trump in, I believe, is the "Al Capone" verdict, i.e. something that looks pretty lame (sex scandals) compared with the real crimes he committed (obstruction, money laundering, criminal real estate deals). To me, it doesn't matter as long as they get him.
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2018-04-14 23:19
I think obstruction of justice will do it. It is straight forward and he does it in public. He's even admitted it.
 
 
-14 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-14 14:05
There isn't a chance in hell of this approach going anywhere. Rosenstein is as implicated in the obstruction of justice as Trump is and he's running the investigation. The memos to himself that Comey wrote about his meetings with Trump exonerate him of obstruction of justice.

This is a dead end and the Trump haters should give up and move on. Why waste our time.

It is just very strange that after nearly 2 years and some of the most experienced investigators and prosecutors in the land (as the media bills them), there have been found no crimes that can be pinned on Trump. I saw on the news a clip of Comey's book discussion and all he could talk about what prostitutes pissing on each other. Maybe that is the problem.

None of the indictments or plea bargains have anything to do with Trump or the 2016 campaign.

I am very much offended that Mueller has hired 17 top prosecutors, 20 investigators, and about 25 administrative staff to try to find a crime to pin on Trump. So far they have come up empty. This is not justtice, it is third world fascism.
 
 
+9 # lfeuille 2018-04-14 23:21
You are imagining things. Rosenstein in not implicated in anything. More right wing propaganda.
 
 
-7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-04-15 09:28
ife -- you need to explain. Rosenstein wrote the memo articluating the reasons Comey was fired. Rosenstein wrote and said that Comey was fired for "cause." How is he not a vital part of the firing of Comey. And yet Rosenstein is supervising the investigation. It would have to be Rosenstein who made the decision to move on an obstruction of justice prosecution (if that were possible). In effect, Rosenstein would be both prosecutor and defendant.

How would you explain it? Of course, Rosenstein would recuse himself. But then there would be no certainly of anything.

I would not call this right wing propaganda. I know what the right wing is. I would call this just common sense and rather obvious.

You don't seem to be able to see anything right in front of your eyes -- "Rosenstein is not implicated in anything." Oh, really? WTF. He signed the fraudulent FISA application. He signed the order firing Comey. He wrote a "post facto" extension order for Mueller's indictment of Manafort. Rosenstein is a very deep partisan in all of this.

The trouble with people like you is that you never explain with any details. You just say "anything" in a sort of pontifical way. But everyone knows talk like this is BS. You can do better than this. I'm pretty sure of that.
 
 
+10 # AlexG 2018-04-14 15:34
Reich fails to mention:
Even with courtroom-grade proof that the corrupt madman Trump has obstructed justice in the instance of Mueller's investigation, it remains that Trump's Impeachment & Conviction would then require that the also-corrupt GOP-controlled congress vote to indict Trump (in the House), and then vote to convict him in a trial (in the Senate).
All of which is possible, I suppose, but it's in no way probable -- since it means the national GOP leadership would be willing to voluntarily 'self-destruct' in the name of Honor, Justice, and the Rule of Law.
Not even the only-slightly-l ess-corrupt Dems would be willing to do that, if the tables were turned.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2018-04-14 23:22
Yeah, this year, but maybe not next year. They have to get reelected first.
 
 
-2 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-04-14 15:39
Not going to happen. How about some real news?
 
 
+8 # SenorN 2018-04-14 16:24
Well, Mr. Reich, I think Trump could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue, and the Republican House wouldn't impeach him.

I think we'd better take the House.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-04-14 23:24
It couldn't happen before the next congress anyway. There just isn't enough time.
 
 
+4 # AldoJay69 2018-04-15 09:37
indian weaving and Rodion Raskolnikov,
you two always seem to have insider information that I don't have access to.
What are your sources?
School me.
Thanks.
 
 
+6 # MainStreetMentor 2018-04-15 10:50
What do I think?
I don't want to endure an impeachment process that won't result in an impeachment anyway ... and ... I most DEFINETELY do NOT want Pence as POTUS. What I DO want is to see Trump, many of his cabinet members and appointees, PENCE and all Trumps' 2016 campaign staff publicly appearing before a bipartisan Committee-heari ng to answer to the People of the United States for what I believe is illegal actions - and to be prosecuted for it. Of, course, prosecuting Trump won't EVER happen - but it sure as hell should.
 

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