Trump’s Attorney: The President Of The U.S. Cannot Obstruct Justice


The president's attorney believes Trump cannot obstruct justice, because he is "the chief law enforcement officer."

Over the weekend, President Trump’s personal attorney, John Dowd, claimed authorship of the President Trump’s tweet regarding his knowledge of Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI, which many took as an admission to obstruction of justice.

On Monday, Dowd told NBC News that it does not matter, because a president cannot obstruct justice in the first place.

"The president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (the Constitution's Article II) and has every right to express his view of any case," Dowd told NBC News Monday.

Trump’s lawyer insisted it is “ignorant and arrogant” to claim otherwise, but lawmakers and legal experts were quick to disagree:

"I hope my Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate will take the lead on this issue and also on obstruction of justice. There is a credible case of obstruction of justice against Donald Trump," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe."

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump, acknowledged in an interview with NPR that charging a president with obstruction "is a very high bar, it's a very high threshold, it's a difficult thing, it's never been done before. But the mere fact that the president is the president doesn’t immunize him from an accusation of obstruction," Bharara said.