Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California is questioning whether Donald Trump committed a federal crime by engaging in witness intimidation with a tweet about Sally Yates’ testimony.
On Monday morning Trump tweeted out saying: “Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.”
Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2017
If Trump did in fact was convicted of witness intimidation, he could be serve up to 20 years in prison.
Lieu took to Twitter to question Trump’s tweet:
“Did @POTUS violate 18 USC 1512, which prevents “intimidation” of a witness to “influence” testimony in “official proceeding”?”
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 8, 2017
According to PoliticusUSA:
18 U.S. Code § 1512 is a federal law against witness tampering and intimidation that states:
(b) Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—
(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding;
(2) cause or induce any person to—
(A) withhold testimony, or withhold a record, document, or other object, from an official proceeding;
The question here is: Was Trump’s tweet prior to Yates testifying before Congress potential witness tampering?
If the answer is yes, Trump could be looking at serving some serious time in prison.