Powerline points out that another confidential memo from President Trump had been leaked, this one dealing with having the President answer questions by the Special Prosecutor. The President’s attorney’s declined the offer. The-Trump-legal-teams-letter-to-Mueller
In the letter the President maintains: It remains our position that the President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired.
I am just a broken down old narc, not an attorney but I think the above statement is probably correct. The problem is that it has never been litigated. That means there is no independent judicial review that validates the assertion. I think Mr. Mirengoff missed the point and only further confused the issue with his statement (below).
If, for example, the president were to bribe or threaten witnesses, or just even encourage them to lie, that would be obstruction of justice, as I see it. Trump’s lawyers’ claim that this “would amount to obstructing himself” seems specious. The president is formally in charge of the investigation, but he is not the investigation, nor is he justice.
With all the legal options available why would a sitting President go outlaw and bribe or threaten witnesses? He can always pardon them. Given the way the Obama crowd acts, it is almost as if they all have blanket pardons issued on January 19, 2007. The crimes the Democrats will allege will be so subtle as to appear non-existent.
I think it is more likely that the Democrats have already telegraphed their intentions with the prosecution of Rick Perry for withholding funding to the Travis County District Attorney (TCDA). In that instance, the dispersal of funds from the Governor’s Office to the TCDA became bribery or extortion. In the end, they were unsuccessful. Perry walked and Abbott rolled into the Governor’s Mansion.
I wasn’t a fan of the President. As this soap opera continues, I find myself siding with him more and more.