Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Fix Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Aaron Blake by Aaron Blake Email the author April 20 at 8:05 AM Email the author Bloomberg may have buried the lead when it comes to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein telling President Trump he wasn't a target of the Russia investigation. Here's the third paragraph of its much-shared Thursday scoop: After the meeting, Trump told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either [Rosenstein or Robert S. Mueller III] … [Read more...] about Trump’s latest obstruction of justice-y sounding comment
Obstruction of justice meaning
The argument is that Article II gives the president authority to control the executive branch, including law enforcement and personnel, the New York Times explains. The president couldn’t be charged with obstruction for firing FBI Director James Comey because the judicial branch would have to second-guess whether the president properly exercised his constitutional authority.Comey has claimed that Trump asked before his firing if he could see his way to letting go of the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, an allegation denied by Trump.Lawyer John Dowd made the Article II argument to Axios, while Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz expressed his opinion on Fox & Friends. The Hill and the Washington Examiner covered Dershowitz’s comments, while the Washington Post and the New York Times examined the argument.Dowd told Axios that the “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the … [Read more...] about Does Article II protect Trump from obstruction of justice charges?
Donald Trump is being investigated by the FBI for obstruction of justice. Trump pretty much confirmed the probe during a weekend tweet, despite his new attorney going on the cable news circuit to deny that his boss was under investigation.Legal scholars have debated whether, based on his interaction with former FBI Director James Comey, Trump violated federal law with the intent to “corruptly influence” an investigation. Pundits have pontificated about whether Trump’s lawyer would even know if the FBI was investigating, and whether he should cooperate. However, what’s been pretty much ignored during this entire mess is that even if federal investigators find evidence that Trump committed obstruction of justice, the Department of Justice likely can’t do anything about it. That’s because almost all legal scholars agree that sitting U.S. presidents are immune from indictment for the duration of their presidency. … [Read more...] about Why President Trump Won’t Be Indicted For Obstruction of Justice
Wednesday brought a new CNN report that claims fired FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Not only that, but he is expected to say President Donald Trump pressured him to end the feds’ investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. If this report pans out, then a question gets raised: Could Trump do this? If the allegation gets proven, would this be legal?A New York Times report from May 16 claimed that Trump asked Comey to end the investigation into Flynn.“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” the president allegedly said. (The White House denied that report.)For months, the President’s critics have thrown around the term “obstruction of justice,” especially when discussing the possibility of impeachment. Professor Jonathan Turley, of George Washington University Law School, says that … [Read more...] about If Comey Testifies Trump ‘Pressured’ Him to End Russia Investigation, Legally, Is That Obstruction of Justice?
‘X Killer arrested’, was the headline in almost all newspapers in Kerala, when Kerala Police took an Assam native in to custody in connection with the murder of Perumbavoor Dalit Law Student [X]. Who told the Media that he is the Killer? Did the Police say so? The police arrested a person who they believe has committed this heinous crime and they might have their own theories and evidence to prove that. But these theories and evidence have little value unless they pass through a trial before the court. In numerous case laws, it has been held by the Apex Court that Fair trial is a fundamental right of an Accused.While browsing through case laws, I came across these observations made in a report referred in a Judgment of House of Lords “It is sometimes asserted that no judge will be influenced in his judgment by anything said by the media and consequently that the need to prevent the publication of matter prejudicial to the hearing of a case only exists where the … [Read more...] about Kerala Nirbhaya Murder: Do not poison the fountain of Justice before it begins to flow