CNN Legal Analyst: I Would Be Surprised If Mueller ‘Didn’t Conclude the President Obstructed Justice’
CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said today that the President should be concerned about the ongoing special counsel investigation into obstruction.
Rudy Giuliani today laughingly dismissed the idea that Robert Mueller is looking at President Donald Trump‘s tweets as part of a wide-ranging obstruction examination.
Somewhat notably, Trump went after Mueller by name in multiple tweets raging against the “witch hunt” yesterday, accusing Mueller himself of harboring multiple conflicts of interest.
Former federal prosecutor Berit Berger noted that “obstruction of justice can come in many different ways,” and that can include tweets “as long as the intent is there.”
Mariotti, meanwhile, made this observation:
“I think at this point I would be very surprised if Robert Mueller didn’t conclude that the President obstructed justice. There’s a lot of evidence out there and tweets are just one form of communication… There’s a lot of evidence the President had an intent to obstruct or impede the special counsel’s investigation, and he took more concrete actions than just tweeting. He fired James Comey, he tried to pressure the Attorney General to un-recuse himself, he wasn’t concerned about conflicts of interest in that circumstance. I think those are very concerning and Mueller should be using all of the President’s thoughts and words and actions when evaluating his intent.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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