More Than 700 Former Federal Prosecutors Just Said Donald Trump Would Have Faced Obstruction Charges If He Weren't President

US President Donald Trump speaks during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 2, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Over 700 federal prosecutors are speaking out against President Donald Trump.

The letter, published to Medium, insists that Trump—were he not a sitting president—would be charged with obstruction of justice for his attempts to hinder Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.


The prosecutors' words stand in stark contrast against Trump's insistence that he didn't attempt to obstruct justice:

"The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all of the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming."

The letter goes on to cite the bevy of evidence in the report that bolsters an obstruction charge, including Trump's attempts to fire and discredit Mueller, to limit the scope of his investigation, to discourage witnesses from speaking with the special counsel and numerous other offenses.

It's not only former prosecutors for Democratic administrations either—among the signatories are Republican governor Bill Weld (also a Trump primary challenger for 2020) and Donald Ayer, Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush.

Many are insisting that the president, perhaps more than anyone, should answer to justice.

Yikes.

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