CREW, liberal watchdog, says Donald Trump should face obstruction of justice charges

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 07:40:58 AM. One of the public watchdog groups pursuing President Trump laid out a case Tuesday that he “likely” obstructed justice by trying to woo, then subsequently firing, former FBI Director James B. Comey.

One of the public watchdog groups pursuing President Trump laid out a case Tuesday that he “likely” obstructed justice by trying to woo, then subsequently firing, former FBI Director James B. Comey.

While admitting they “do not yet know all the relevant facts,” the three men concluded that Mr. Trump did attempt to head off investigation into behavior by Trump campaign figures, which they said is also grounds for impeachment.

In a paper released by the Brookings Institution, the three men, who all work with liberal watchdog Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW), say Mr. Trump’s expressed “hope” that Mr. Comey could quickly end his investigation could be seen as illegal pressure, as could his defense of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

“President Trump cannot inoculate his February 14 statement to Director Comey to drop the investigation merely because it was prefaced with the word ‘hope’ or by suggesting it was vague or something short of a direct order. There is no formula or set of magic words that qualify statements as obstruction,” the three men say.

The authors are Norm Eisen, an Obama administration ethics official and chairman of the board at CREW; Noah Bookbinder, executive director at CREW; and Barry Berke, a prominent lawyer who is working for CREW.

Their 108-page report relies heavily on publicly reported news accounts and even the “Steele dossier,” a compilation of salacious information about Mr. Trump — some of which has been exposed as untrue, though the new report’s authors, citing CNN, say other parts have been substantiated.

The three men said their goal was to compile the vast amount of information about Mr. Trump’s behavior and compare it to the existing legal framework for obstruction of justice.

“The president’s alleged actions must be viewed in conjunction with one another and with the surrounding circumstances in mind,” the report says. “Together, they mirror typical obstruction behavior that many courts have held is the kind of conduct that Congress intended to criminalize when it enacted the obstruction statutes.”

HIDE COMMENTS

blog comments powered by Disqus

Click to Read More

Click to Hide

Top Stories

Congressional Democrats such as Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois say they still see willing partners among some Republicans on immigration reform. (Associated Press/File)

Lawmakers dismiss Trump’s strict immigration plan: ‘It’s the job of Congress’

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem and an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media. Hill, who is African-American, received criticism from the network last month after referring to President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist." On Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, Hill targeted Jerry Jones, after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Two NFL teams crack down on take-a-knee protests after Trump flipped the script

obj.0.content_object.caption

Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass?

Jemele Hill attends ESPN: The Party 2017 in Houston on Feb. 3, 2017. (John Salangsang/Invision/AP) **FILE**

ESPN suspends anchor Jemele Hill after she calls for boycotting Dallas Cowboys advertisers

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith told his "First Take" audience on Oct. 9, 2017, that President Trump is "winning" in the court of public opinion over the NFL's ongoing national anthem protests. (Image: ESPN "First Take" screenshot)

Stephen A. Smith warns NFL on national anthem protests: Trump is ‘winning’

obj.0.content_object.caption

Quiz: Test Your Civil War Knowledge

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon takes part in an interview with host Sean Hannity, on the set of Fox News Channel's Hannity, in New York Monday, Oct 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Steve Bannon plans to challenge ‘every Republican incumbent,’ except for Ted Cruz

President Trump spent much time before his election criticizing former President Barack Obama for spending what he said was too much time away from the White House on golf courses, and using taxpayer moneys to fund such excursions. However, once in office, Mr. Trump has made many similar golf outings. (Associated Press photographs)

Trump spending like Obama on golf trips

Comedian and "Daily Show" creator Lizz Winstead appears on MSNBC, Oct. 9, 2017. (Image: MSNBC screenshot)

Hillary Clinton, Obama blasted by ‘Daily Show’ co-creator over silence on Weinstein

New email says Trump Jr. meeting with Russians not on Hillary Clinton dirt

ap090421032401_primary_image.jpg

Conservatives in Hollywood: Celebrities who lean right

Gustavo Andrade, left, and activists from United We Dream, an immigrant youth-led organization, leave the Senate Hart Office Building after taking their advocacy message to Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats promise to derail Congress until Dream Act passes

Trump unveils new strict 70-point immigration enforcement plan

converted 1911.jpg

21 best guns for home protection

Vice President Mike Pence, front center, stands during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence’s walkout over take-a-knee protest comes as NFL struggles with ratings, fan outrage

In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chats with reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Bob Corker: Trump’s actions could put U.S. ‘on a path to World War III’

AP26539704575

Christians in Hollywood

In this Sept. 24, 2011, file photo, George Soros speaks during a forum at the IMF/World Bank annual meetings in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

NFL players’ union teamed up with Soros to fund leftist advocacy groups

Newsletters

  •  Daily
  •  Weekly
  •  Pruden on Politics
  •  Charles Hurt

Find us on Facebook

Find us on Twitter

All site contents © Copyright 2017 The Washington Times, LLC|3600 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 |202-636-3000
...Read more
Share this

You might also like

Similar