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Robert Mueller's and William Barr's "Baby" and the History of Presidential Obstruction

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Jeannie Suk Gersen writes on the obstruction-of-justice charges against Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and why the case against Donald Trump, in the wake of the Mueller report, might be distinct.As we enter a new phase of heightened hostilities between the President and the Democratic House, there will be myriad opportunities for Trump to commit further process offenses, including contempt of Congress. Those offenses may well push Congress toward more serious impeachment discussions, in order to defend constitutional separation-of-powers principles. Mueller anticipated this, in his report, with a clear statement: “The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of his powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.” 

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Hmmm .Perhaps "the Trump administration hopes that it can run out the clock on the bank subpoenas and the other matters, too. But so many clocks are ticking over so many inquiries into so many areas of potential scandal. Can they all be postponed and postponed past 2020? For a president with many guilty secrets, everything turns on the ability to insert delay after delay before ultimate legal defeat. It's not a great plan. It's liable to go wrong, maybe catastrophically wrong. At this point, though, it's all he's got."

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