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Presidential obstruction of justice: The case of Donald J. Trump - and other news and views for the day

October 11, 2017 - 07:00 -- Admin

Presidential obstruction of justice: The case of Donald J. Trump - Brookings Institution

The public record contains substantial evidence that President Trump attempted to impede the investigations of Michael Flynn and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including by firing FBI Director James Comey.

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The fact that the president has lawful authority to take a particular course of action does not immunize him if he takes that action with the unlawful intent of obstructing a proceeding for an improper purpose. 

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While the matter is not free from doubt, it is our view that neither the Constitution nor any other federal law grants the president immunity from prosecution. 

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