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Trumpís latest tweets cross clear lines, experts say: Obstruction of justice and witness tampering
The Washington Compost ^ | December 3 at 7:29 PM | Deanna Paul

Posted on 12/03/2018 4:56:11 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

President Trump took to Twitter Monday morning, haranguing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and witnesses to his ongoing Russia investigation. His tweets have become a common morning occurrence, particularly in recent weeks. But legal experts are calling Monday’s missives a newsworthy development that amounts to evidence of obstructing justice.

Trump’s first statement went out after Michael Cohen, his former personal attorney who pleaded guilty last week for lying to Congress about the president’s real estate project in Russia. In his tweet, Trump alleged that Cohen lied to Mueller and called for a severe penalty, demanding that his former fixer “serve a full and complete sentence.”

After the overt attack on Cohen came a tweet encouraging Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Trump, not to become a witness against him:

“’I will never testify against Trump.’ This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about ‘President Trump.’ Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’”

Norman Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said that the most striking thing about Monday was that there were two statements in proximity.

“It comes very close to the statutory definition of witness tampering,” he said. “It’s a mirror image of the first tweet, only he’s praising a witness for not cooperating with the implication of reward,” he said, adding that Trump has pardon power over Stone.

“We’re so used to President Trump transgressing norms in his public declarations,” Eisen said, “but he may have crossed the legal line.”

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It's illegal for a Republican President to fight back.
1 posted on 12/03/2018 4:56:11 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Fake news denouncing the President for putting Mueller in his place. How dare he!


2 posted on 12/03/2018 4:59:14 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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“We’re so used to President Trump transgressing norms in his public declarations,” Eisen said, “but he may have crossed the legal line.”

He expressed an opinion.

3 posted on 12/03/2018 4:59:48 PM PST by yesthatjallen
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

apparently, Trump can’t express an opinion.


4 posted on 12/03/2018 5:00:08 PM PST by Baldwin77 (They hated Reagan too ! TRUMP TOUGH - AMERICA STRONG)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What does a Compost “expert” do and what kind of “expert” are they?


5 posted on 12/03/2018 5:00:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (#NotARussianBot)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The freedom of the speech. LOOK IT UP, morans.

Yes, I said morans.

6 posted on 12/03/2018 5:01:49 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Eisen. German, isn’t it?


7 posted on 12/03/2018 5:01:49 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (#NotARussianBot)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Didn’t the experts also say he would never win the primaries, would never get elected, never get sworn in, never last 6 months in office, never last a year in office and never make 2 years in office.


8 posted on 12/03/2018 5:02:07 PM PST by Dutch Boy
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Let’s kick this upstairs to George Will for a conservative’s opinion.


9 posted on 12/03/2018 5:02:32 PM PST by JonPreston
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To: yesthatjallen

Like that’s a bad thing. Its protected under the First Amendment whether Mueller and the Deep State approve of it or not.


10 posted on 12/03/2018 5:03:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“Experts say...”

Yeah, whatever you say, Washington Post idiots.


11 posted on 12/03/2018 5:03:52 PM PST by PackersFan
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Its Obstwuchion!

Buahahahahahaha!

PDJT has the bully pulp[it and he is using it to make Mueller squirm. Rightly so.

The Chinese have bought themselves 90 days in their trade talks with PDJT, hoping that our president will be impeached by Congress based on the upcoming Mueller report.

PDJT is not fighting for just himself, he is fighting back for the whole country.


12 posted on 12/03/2018 5:04:26 PM PST by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism)http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Gotta love those "experts." Is there anything they don't know?


13 posted on 12/03/2018 5:05:56 PM PST by Maceman (We need a temporary ban on Muslims just until churches and synagogues can be built in Mecca.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s been common knowledge since early last month that DJT will be impeached.This is just the Amazon Post giving Rats in the House the “evidence” that they need.


14 posted on 12/03/2018 5:06:08 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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Trump has really stepped in it this time! It’s all over for him now!


15 posted on 12/03/2018 5:07:46 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy dies when Democrats refuse to accept the result of a democratic election they didn't win.)
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legal experts are calling Monday’s missives a newsworthy development that amounts to evidence of obstructing justice.

For every "legal expert," there is another "legal expert" ready to make a counter argument.

Isn't that the basis of American law?

16 posted on 12/03/2018 5:08:53 PM PST by Maceman (We need a temporary ban on Muslims just until churches and synagogues can be built in Mecca.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He can call Mulehead an @##hole on a daily basis you mutts at the Wapo. It’s not obstruction of justice/witness tampering or any other idiotic claim.


17 posted on 12/03/2018 5:08:53 PM PST by Lent
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It would be advantageous for the legal community to goad the DemonRATs into putting Trump on witness tampering charges. Think of the legal fees they can profit from. The Fake News Media would reap the benefits too. This will be like another Watergate scandal. The problem is, the shoe is on the other foot. The Clinton Machine has use a phony Collusion investigation to obstruct justice for the Clintons’ pay-for-play and email criminal activity.


18 posted on 12/03/2018 5:09:34 PM PST by jonrick46 (Cultural Marxism is the cult of the Left waiting for the Mothership.)
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Eisen was deputy council for Obama's transition team.

I guess a best defense (of Obama) is a good offense (against Trump).

Eisen's interests are conflicted and his point of view on these tweets is utter nonsense.

Pretty unethical of the little reporterette writing this story, not to point out Eisen's conflict of interest.

19 posted on 12/03/2018 5:10:35 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Like the paper, a Compost expert just stirs Schitt for a living.


20 posted on 12/03/2018 5:10:44 PM PST by Afterguard (Deplorable me!)
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