Rumblings about Donald Trump’s involvement in the investigation into Russian involvement in his campaign have been floating around Washington, D.C. for quite some time. Journalists have uncovered pieces of the picture here and there, but no one has tied it together until now. A new report is damning.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has hired a large group of very talented attorneys, who are specialists in everything from organized crime to money laundering. Clearly, all the facts against Donald Trump have not been uncovered, but the Brookings Institute has just released a new report showing the evidence against Trump and its dire consequences.
Brookings went to the public records to search for that data. For one, there is evidence that the president tried to interfere with the investigation into former national security advisor and campaign member Michael Flynn’s involvement with the Russians.
Trump also fired the former FBI director, James Comey in 2016. Then, the president demanded an oath of loyalty from senior members of his administration. Brookings reported:
‘Demanding the loyalty of an individual involved in an investigation, requesting that individual’s help to end the investigation, and then ultimately firing that person to accomplish that goal are the type of acts that have frequently resulted in obstruction convictions, as we detail. Also, to the extent conduct could be characterized as threatening, intimidating, or corruptly persuading witnesses, that too may provide additional grounds for obstruction charges.’
After Mueller completes his investigation, he has several ways to go. He could send the case to Congress via the House Judiciary Committee. That is how President Richard Nixon’s case for impeachment began. Mueller could indict Trump and begin prosecution. The president is not immune from prosecution according to the Constitution. Supreme Court precedent has held that is the case. Even if Trump cannot be indicted while in office, he can be prosecuted after he leaves office using a sealed indictment.
Congress can act to keep going with its current investigations or expand them. Then, they can refer the matter to the Department of Justice or another executive branch agency for criminal proceedings.
Then, there is impeachment. Both Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton had the articles of impeachment drafted against them for “obstruction, conspiracy, and conviction of a federal crime.” Congress can remove a president after that.
Brookings reported that there is no way to know the president’s motivation for certain, but there is already ample evidence that Trump has tried to prevent the investigation from finding damaging evidence about Trump, his family, the Trump campaign, and his top aides.
The entire Brookings Institute report can be read by clicking on this link.
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H/T: Brookings Institute.