How Many Ways Did Donald Trump Obstruct Justice?

As the probe into†Russia’s suspected†influence in the 2016 presidential election deepens, one thing has become abundantly clear:††If President Donald Trump did not actually work with foreign powers to sway the results, he — at the very least — is actively invested in blocking the investigation’s success.

Now, the question of whether President Trump was involved from the beginning has become less pressing. Instead, many are focusing on the level of his current involvement –†and at what point his actions†officially become an obstruction of justice.

For over a week, government officials and the general public†have debated as to whether or not the president’s request that†then-FBI Director James Comey abandon†the Russian investigation was an official misuse of power.

Now, it appears that Comey wasn’t the only intelligence official President Trump asked to stop probing his closest allies. He suggested to both the heads of National Intelligence and the NSA that they make formal statements denying any Trump/Russia collusion.

“Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election,” the†Washington Post reports. “Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.”

And this news has Democratic lawmakers rightfully alarmed.

“Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, warned that the latest reports represent ‘yet another disturbing allegation that the President was interfering in the FBI probe,’” reports†CNN. “‘If further reports are accurate that White House staff also tried to persuade personnel at these agencies to help get FBI Director Comey to back off an investigation involving (former national security adviser) Michael Flynn, the specter of possible obstruction has grown larger and more troubling.’”

There is little doubt that the president tried — multiple times — to discredit or outright stop the investigation†into possible election interference, his former advisor Michael Flynn and potential ties between Russia and his campaign staff and current advisors.

Obstructing justice is an impeachable offense, but is it possible that, as a businessman with no political background, President Trump simply sees this as†greasing the wheels for his colleagues — and not†a federal crime?

Regardless, the president could be in even more hot water now that it’s increasingly probable that some of his team members†collaborated†with the Russians.

In new testimony from former CIA Director John Brennan, the ex-director stated he was worried that “Russian officials may have successfully recruited aides from Donald Trumpís campaign to help in the Kremlinís efforts to influence last yearís presidential election,” according to†Politico. “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals,” he told lawmakers during testimony. “And it raised questions in my mind again whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.”

This news comes just after an announcement that a “current White House official” is now a “person of interest” in the probe, suggesting†that the ties are coming closer and closer to President Trump. Suspected targets are rumored to be Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Will the president make it through the probe without facing an obstruction of justice charge? And if he does, will he be brought down by a collusion tie with the Russian government instead? We are only four months into the Trump administration, and the investigation has only just begun†to get hot.

 

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77 comments

Marie W
Marie W11 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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David F
David Fabout a year ago

Jonathan Y. here’s some more juicy Breaking News, CNN Communist News Network “Our reliable sources place Trump on the grassy knoll in Dallas the day JFK was killed.
He was seen speaking with a group of Cuban cosmonauts, just before the fatal shots were fired.” Congress is planning to appoint an unbiased special prosecutor, Al Sharpton, to investigate.

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Jonathan Y
Jonathan Yabout a year ago

The 'senior official' is Kushner, but he's one of the saner people on Team Chump. What we really need is an independent, bipartisan special prosecutor, like Archibald Cox. Chump's shocking requests to stop the inquiry are clearly obstruction.

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william Miller
william Millerabout a year ago

thanks

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta Eabout a year ago

david f
To point out YOUR stupidity, I will gladly take your accusation of having the last word. You think with those words, you look better. News flash, you just look like someone who poses arguments that can easily be shown to be wrong.
You have yourself a wonderful long weekend. Try not to shoot anything

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David F
David Fabout a year ago

Rhoberta E ALWAYS must have the last word so she will feel like she wins every discussion. Her and Brian are a lot of fun. Waiting?

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta Eabout a year ago

david f
Your name calling is usual and very childish
Your post makes NO sense.
I watched the events live as they happened. Trump pushing the NATO member out of the way. Try to keep up
Yes, my 10 year old grandson can alter youtube videos. What don't you understand about all that besides NOTHING ??? You look like a bigger fool than you normally do

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David F
David Fabout a year ago

Rhoberta hypocrite clown of the week, her last post Quote "NO, I didn't read it anywhere I WATCHED it happen".

The post immediately prior Quote "My 10 year old grandson can alter a youtube video."

Delivering internet bully's back to their palace of hypocrisy is so much fun. LOL

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Elaine W
Elaine Wabout a year ago

Some people would rather die (from no health care maybe) than admit they are wrong about Trump. Arrested development is a condition of inability to learn. The ability to change your mind is freedom.

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Margaret G
Margaret Gabout a year ago

Paul B. wrote of Trump's legislation (Does Paul mean Trumpcare and Trump budget?), " ,,, His legislation are actually GOOD for America ... " Paul, how is making more residents of the United States sick, hungry, homeless, and uneducated good for America?

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