Trump Lawyer Argues Presidents Can't Obstruct Justice - AG Sessions Sang A Different Tune Years Ago

One of these days, President Donald Trump is going to get himself into serious trouble on social media. Many observers will argue that he’s already done that - including with some of his tweets directed at the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In fact, some observers have claimed that the president has obstructed justice with his contentious posts, and that has grown into such a thing that it prompted a response from Trump’s personal lawyer. As Politico shares, the attorney noted that presidents can’t obstruct justice, but current Attorney General Jeff Sessions saw things quite differently back in the day.

Back in 1999, then-President Bill Clinton was facing impeachment. Sessions was still in the Senate at that point, and he would lay out a rather compelling case on how Clinton had obstructed justice while attempting to impede the investigation into his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“The facts are disturbing and compelling on the President's intent to obstruct justice. The chief law officer of the land, whose oath of office calls on him to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, crossed the line and failed to defend the law, and, in fact, attacked the law and the rights of a fellow citizen,” Sessions. “Under our Constitution, equal justice requires that he forfeit his office.”

In response to claims that Trump is obstructing justice by impeding the Mueller investigation, the president’s personal lawyer, John Dowd argued that the “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case.”

So which one is it? Answers to that question will vary, and they’ll fall along party lines depending on who is in power and who is being asked the question. When a Democratic president was in office and facing similar claims, Sessions made his feelings quite clear.

“Since the truth would be damaging, he took steps to see that the truth concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky would never come out,” Sessions said. “The president coached his personal secretary twice to ensure that if she were called as a witness in the civil case she would not contradict his testimony given the day before. The president intentionally lied to aides in an effort to have them mislead the public and the grand jury. This is to me a clear pattern of obstruction of justice.”

So does this mean that Trump is going to be facing impeachment as a result of his tweets? We’ll consider that unlikely at the moment, but it’s more fuel to the fire for those that have been calling for it to happen since the results of the 2016 presidential election rolled in. The commander-in-chief is doing himself no favors by lashing out on social media, but perhaps this will be the turning point that helps make that crystal clear for him.

“Of course, none of us are perfect and we often fail in our personal affairs, but when it comes to going to court, and it comes to our justice system, a great nation must insist on honesty and lawfulness,” Sessions added during the Clinton impeachment trial. “Our country must insist upon that for every citizen.”

Source: Politico
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