There have been whispers since the Mueller report came out that Donald Trump would have long been charged with obstruction of justice if he were not the sitting president of the United States. Now, according to the Washington Post, that theory has been confirmed by at least 370 former federal prosecutors.
In a letter, written by a bipartisan group of lawyers who have served in presidential administrations over the years, they all signed on to the document, which said, in part:
“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.
“We emphasize that these are not matters of close professional judgment. Of course, there are potential defenses or arguments that could be raised in response to an indictment of the nature we describe here. . . . But, to look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice — the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution — runs counter to logic and our experience.”
So, in other words, renowned president prosecutors are saying, essentially, that the current President of the United States is a criminal.
These people are all well out of office and can do nothing to move along the process. However, sitting members of Congress can. Regardless of political affiliation, all Americans should be concerned about the idea of a potential criminal holding court in the Oval Office.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.