Of the nearly 400 former federal prosecutors who signed a letter agreeing that President Donald Trump would almost certainly be impeached or charged with obstruction were he not the chief executive, one name should be familiar and probably sticks out more so than the others to the president’s current lawyer.
Jeffrey Harris served as Rudy Giuliani’s principal assistant when both worked at the Department of Justice many years ago, according to reporting from Mediaite. Harris spoke with CNN’s Erin Burnett about the president’s conduct on Monday, stating plainly that Trump clearly obstructed justice during the investigation headed by special counsel Robert Mueller.
"I have absolutely no doubt that the prosecutor Rudy Giuliani would have indicted someone who committed the acts that are put out in the Mueller report in a heartbeat. I am 100% confident of that."
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“If you tell a witness to lie, that’s enough. That’s obstruction right there,” Harris said.
He also suggested that his former boss, who is currently one of Trump’s personal lawyers, knew better.
“I worked with Rudy on a daily basis for nearly five years in a variety of positions. We were prosecutors together. I have absolutely no doubt that that prosecutor Rudy Giuliani would have indicted someone who committed the acts that are put out in the Mueller report in a heartbeat,” Harris said. “I am 100 percent confident of that.”
Harris was among the names of former federal prosecutors that signed a letter denouncing the president’s actions. The letter also stated that the only reason Trump wasn’t being charged with a crime at the moment, following the release of Mueller’s report, was due to a longstanding policy at DOJ against charging president’s with crimes while in office.
“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,” the letter stated, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.