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Trump Committed a Felony: Robert Mueller’s Case For Obstruction Of Justice Just Got a Lot Stronger

The report that Donald Trump pressured Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans to end the Russia investigation has sent shockwaves of fear across the White House, and they have good reasons to be worried. Trump’s inappropriate demand to end an ongoing probe against him is a textbook example of obstruction of justice.

Trump told Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the top-ranking Republican in the intelligence committee, that he was eager to see an investigation that has overshadowed much of the first year of his presidency come to an end, the New York Times reported Thursday.

“It was something along the lines of, ‘I hope you can conclude this as quickly as possible,’” Mr. Burr said, according to The Times. Burr said he replied to Mr. Trump that “when we have exhausted everybody we need to talk to, we will finish.”

Several lawmakers and aides also revealed that Mr. Trump asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), who is a member of the intelligence committee, to end the investigation swiftly.

Committee chairs who are investigating Russia and the Senate Majority Leader who oversees his majority’s actions should not be talking to the President about the Russia investigation. The New York Times referred to Trump’s behavior as unprecedented presidential interference into a legislative inquiry involving himself and his family.

Obstruction of justice, as defined by the 18 U.S. Code § 1505:

Whoever, with intent to avoid, evade, prevent, or obstruct compliance, in whole or in part, with any civil investigative demand duly and properly made under the Antitrust Civil Process Act, willfully withholds, misrepresents, removes from any place, conceals, covers up, destroys, mutilates, alters, or by other means falsifies any documentary material, answers to written interrogatories, or oral testimony, which is the subject of such demand; or attempts to do so or solicits another to do so; or

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—

Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

There you have it. The president of the United States has been breaking the law since day one in office, and it will take electing a Democratic Congress in 2018 to hold him accountable for his crimes.

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