Former Obama Ethics Chief Says Trump Tweets Could Lead to Obstruction of Justice Charges

Former Obama Ethics Chief Says Trump Tweets Could Lead to Obstruction of Justice Charges

Former Obama Administration special counsel for ethics says President Trump’s “reckless tweeting” about indictments in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election put him in a risky legal position.

Norm Eisen wrote that tweeting about the investigation and recent indictments could constitute obstruction of justice by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“To say the least, it is very unusual for the president of the United States to attack a witness who is cooperating with the United States an ongoing federal investigation,” Eisen writes in an OpEd published in USA Today. “It raises obstruction of justice and witness intimidation questions, just as it did when the president similarly went after former FBI Directory James Comey. Think about it: When you are a witness in a case that threatens the most powerful man in the world, and he attacks you publicly, that is scary.”

Eisen pointed to the President’s tweets about George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russians, and his tweets about the indictment of former campaign chair Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates.

“To say the least, it is very unusual for the president of the United States to attack a witness who is cooperating with the United States an ongoing federal investigation,” Eisen writes. “It raises obstruction of justice and witness intimidation questions, just as it did when the president similarly went after former FBI Directory James Comey. Think about it: When you are a witness in a case that threatens the most powerful man in the world, and he attacks you publicly, that is scary.”

via The Hill

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