In an interview, President Trump's personal attorney John Dowd said that the "president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer... and has every right to express his view of any case." Do you agree?
The idiot obstructs justice all the time. We left England for a reason. History is something trump doesn’t understand.
I cannot find any section or clause in Article II, no matter how vague the phrasing may be, stating or insinuating such authority
I seem to recall that a certain court martial case concerning a deserter had complications due to his big mouth and the possibility of undue influence from the chain of command.
The position of president is the top enforcer of the law. No one is above the law. Ever.
He didn't say he was above the law, he just said that he has the right to express his views on any case.
Actions speak louder than words
We're not talking about the president though, we're talking about the lawyer and what was said by the lawyer.
Well that's who I'm talking about anyway. Keeping with the topic of the poll's question and all.
Is Hillary in jail yet?
How? It's simply took a direct quote from a lawyer and asked if you agree or not.
“Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” — Nixon
It is not illegal for the president ask Comey to lay off Flynn. There were a million reasons to fire Comey. I believe the man should be in jail
Which man? Trump? Flynn? Comey? Or all three?
Comey, guy; he's the subject of both sentences. Replacing his name with a pronoun doesn't change the subject. It's pretty obvious who "the man" is in that sentence.
So when did express opinion equal Obstruct justice?
When you take action to cover up a criminal in your administration.
Innocent until proven guilty.
Freakin' Repub HYPOCRITES!! Would you have voted "yes" if Pres. Obama's lawyers said that?
I’m a Republican and voted no.
I do t think obama had a private lawyer on hand as president.
I would have said yes for Obama as well. Take a chill pill, dude
According to 1999 Jeff Sessions...the President can obstruct justice: www.politico.com/story/2017/12/04/jeff-sessions-president-obstruct-justice-bill-clinton-278517. 40 Republican Senators agreed with him.
My how times have changed 😂😂😂
Or parties. 😄
It doesn't matter if I agree or not. The department of Justice has held this position for a long time. The question implies the freaking lawyer is the one making g this up.
Be that as it may, it's still an unsettled legal question (i.e., the courts have yet to rule on the matter). And as a political question it's a different matter all together. Two former presidents faced impeachment for obstructing justice. Nixon who resigned first and Clinton that was impeached.
Sounds like he’s heard the footsteps !
Don’t remember Pres. Obama interfering with his opinion with the black Harvard professor, Trayvon Martin, etc.? Condone or condemn them both. Take a stand and resist the temptation to hide behind party lines.
Obama obstructed justice in those cases?
No, saying unarmed black kids shouldnt be shot is not obstructing justice. Firing someone because theyre investigating you is.
Blind to the truth. Propaganda consumed and assimilated.
“Express his opinion” and “obstruct justice” have nothing to do with each other.
It's like saying destroying email severs with classified info on them that have been requested in an investigation via smashing as a matter of speech.
That’s just idiotic.
sounds like Nixon’s statement to Frost -
“when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”
Nixon was impeached for obstruction
Nixon was not impeached, he resigned before they could impeach him.
He was impeached, just not ejected from office. Impeachment is the commencement of the investigation.
Historians and every history book printed must be wrong. Here is history website that explains why he wasn't considered impeached.
"Faced with what seemed almost certain impeachment, Nixon announced on August 8, 1974, that he would resign the next day to begin "that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America."
In late July 1974 the House Judiciary Committee passed the first of three articles of impeachment against Nixon, charging obstruction of justice. Upon the threat of a likely post-impeachment conviction, Richard Nixon resigned from the office of the presidency on August 9, 1974. He was succeeded by Gerald Ford, whom Nixon had appointed vice president in 1973 after Spiro Agnew resigned his office amid charges of bribery, extortion and tax evasion during his tenure as governor of Maryland. Nixon was pardoned by President Ford on September 8, 1974.
Nixon was not impeached.
He can say whatever he wants though.
The operative word is "SAY"
Umm he has the most power to obstruct justice.
In principle, I don’t necessarily agree. In law, I absolutely agree. And I presume it is why Obama was never impeached for refusing to enforce numerous federal laws when it suited his politics. Although that was worse because it technically displayed a willing disregard for the Constitution he swore to uphold and enforce.
But if this is referring to Trump asking Comey to lay off Flynn, there is nothing illegal about that. It’s not even illegal if that was the reason he fired him, which I reckon was A reason. But there were a million reasons besides that for him to be fired. And it should have been done about a year before it was.
Trump has the right to express his views but that in no way supports the claim that the President cannot obstruct justice. That’s batshit insane.
I think he CAN obstruct, and I think he has the right to his own view... 1st amendment applies to him too
He certainly CAN obstruct justice, but whether or not he actually did is still to be seen.
Legally speaking, he’s correct.
That said, it’s still total BS.
Well then someone call Richard Nixon and tell I’m to come back to life because he should he president again if this is true
Nixon thought that too. And how did that work out for him?
Yes. There are a lot of things we ( and he) are allowed to do...but just because we can doesn’t mean we should. People expect us to exercise good judgement. He was hired to do so.
He's not the chief law enforcement official. That's the AG.
He's the head of the executive branch, which is responsible for enforcing legislation. How does that not make him the top law enforcement official?
Go back to 10th grade and relearn your US government.
Sorry, I should have put a trigger warning in my comment, I guess. I wasn't expecting an ad hom out of nowhere.
Not ad hom at all. It's simple US government hierarchy. The President is the head of the executive branch but not the top law official. He would not attempt to dictate or assess a law for the interests of the IS populous. Can he suggest a legal direction, sure, but he is not the top law official.
What was Clinton impeached for? Obstruction of justice? I guess Trump should move to have that expunged.
Lying under oath.
And also found guilty of obstruction of justice. The thing that Trump’s attorney pulled a Frost/Nixon with. Precedence disagrees with him.
True but different circumstances.
Trump's lawyer was referring to the firing of Comey
Either way, i don't know why this lawyer even said this.
@malekithe He was trying to cover for Trump’s recent tweet where he accidentally admitted to obstructing justice.
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Yes, he has every right to express his views. No, he's not above the law.
And Kim Jung Un can’t break the law because the supreme leader can change the law at any time as he sees fit.
Sure he has every right to express his views, but that doesn't mean he should
Does anyone get the impression that Donald Trump genuinely thinks he’s above the law here?
Yes, I do
Absolutely...rule of law doesn't apply to Donald Trump.
Not for the first time, either.
Yep, he doesn’t respect the rule of law. Doubt he even understands the concept.
The president is the highest ranking public servant, and the commander in chief of the military. I do not believe he is the chief law enforcement officer, any more than he is the chief pilot, chief medical officer, chief science officer, or king. And the president is most certainly not above the law.
Trump is the President, not a Dictator or King. He is not above the law.
I agree with the second part
In terms of commenting on a case, it's perfectly fine after it's over. Otherwise it can be argued that he can't get a fair trial, especially if he is positioning himself against the accused.
What Trump allegedly said was not an order....no matter how Comey twisted it.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the Comey memo cited by The Times. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
It doesn't have to be a direct order or asking him to drop it. All it has to be is implied for it to be relevant.
I agree it isn't a direct order, but couple it with "I expect loyalty" and then firing him when he doesn't do as Trump "hoped" is still fishy
Maybe this will explain it.
How’d that work out for Nixon?
Yes on the second part, no on the first
Go figure that a charlatan would have a charlatan attorney...
Agree to him having every right to express his views on any case.
Disagree to cannot obstruct justice.
How very Nixonian.
No, and I don’t approve Obama doing it either. These elitists are pulling this nonsense to help themselves and help each other at the expense of the people. It is not a partisan issue, it is a class issue!
If I had a son he would look like Travyon and a member of that White Hispanic racial group we just made up would be held responsible.
Hahahaha. So in other words, he confesses to obstructing Justice and says you can’t get me. Can’t wait to get this trash out of the White House. All of it.
Who does he think he works for? Louis XIV?
No, he thinks he's Louis XIV, have the seen the gilded furniture that decorates his home?