Regarding the Possibility of POTUS 45 to Obstruct Justice

Please see among other things:

POLITICS 06/02/2018 05:45 pm ET
Trump’s Lawyers Argue It’s Not Possible For The President To Obstruct Justice: A 20-page letter sets up a possible battle for the president’s testimony in the Russia investigation.
By Sara Boboltz
HUFFINGTON POST

and:

The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
June 2, 2018

*The 20-page “confidential memo” or letter of 29 January 2018 is here*

Also:

POLITICS 06/03/2018 01:27 am ET
Trump Lawyers Reveal He ‘Dictated’ Misleading Statement On Son’s Russian Meeting: The president devised the smokescreen over the Trump Tower huddle, according to the letter The New York Times obtained.
By Mary Papenfuss
HUFFINGTON POST

And:

JURISPRUDENCE June 03, 2018
By JED SHUGERMAN
An Admission of Obstruction: Is the letter from President Trump’s lawyers a smoking gun?
SLATE.com

In addition:

POLITICSJune 05, 2018
By WILLIAM SALETAN
Trump’s Damning Defense: A secret letter from Donald Trump’s counsel doesn’t exonerate the president. It implicates him [IN 6 WAYS AND CONCLUDES: “…he’s guilty.”].
SLATE.com

  1. The White House investigation of Michael Flynn
  2. The Feb. 14, 2017 meeting with James Comey
  3. Trump’s state of mind
  4. Rod Rosenstein’s role in the Comey firing
  5. The May 10, 2017 meeting with Russian officials
  6. The Trump Tower statement

“For more than a year, we’ve awaited answers to big questions in the Russia investigation. Who participated in the Trump Tower cover-up? What happened in the White House after Trump was warned about Flynn? What did Trump tell Comey when they met alone? What did Trump tell the Russians? The letter from Trump’s lawyers, informed by internal documents, reveals what they can dispute and what they can’t. It tells us he’s guilty.”

Plus:

Live Wire > Russia Probe  June 5, 2018 11:27 am
By Kate Riga
Law Experts Pen Letter Blasting Trump Lawyers’ Claims On Pardon Power
TPM [Talking Points Memo]

*That 4 June -2018 letter [“Law Professor Letter on President’s Article II Powers”] is here*

It begins:

We, legal scholars who study and teach constitutional and criminal law, write in connection with the President’s apparent belief that he is empowered by the Constitution to halt the Special Counsel’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election for any reason whatsoever, and his apparent view that he is not constrained by Congress’s duly enacted laws prohibiting the obstruction of justice. As reported in the New York Times, attorneys for the President wrote a letter to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller asserting that the Constitution empowers him to “to terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon,” and that he cannot illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation because of these powers.[1] These views are incorrect.

The signatories are:

Erwin Chemerinsky

Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law, University of California*

Norman Eisen

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution*

Aziz Huq

Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School*

Andrew Kent

Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law*

Ethan J. Leib

John D. Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law *

Harry Litman

Lecturer in Law, UCLA School of Law*

Victoria Nourse

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center*

Eric Posner

Kirkland & Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Arthur and Esther Kane Research Chair, University of Chicago Law School*

Asha Rangappa

Senior Lecturer, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs*

Peter M. Shane

Jacob E. Davis & Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, The Ohio State University,

Moritz College of Law*

Jed Shugerman

Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law*

Peter L. Strauss

Betts Professor of Law Emeritus, Columbia Law School*

Laurence H. Tribe

Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School*

Joyce Vance

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Law, University of Alabama School of Law*

*Affiliations listed for identification purposes only.

 

Additional signatories

John Felipe Acevedo

Assistant Professor, University of La Verne College of Law*

Carl T. Bogus

Distinguished Research Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law*

Corey Brettschneider

Professor of Political Science, Brown University & Visiting Professor of Law, Fordham Law School*

Rebecca L. Brown

The Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law, USC Gould School of Law*

Abner Greene

Leonard F. Manning Professor, Fordham Law School*

Daniel Hemel

Assistant Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law*

Scott Horton

Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School*

Heidi Kitrosser

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law*

Bruce W. Klaw

Assistant Professor, University of Denver*

Mae Kuykendall

Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law*

Jon D. Michaels

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law*

Jennifer Taub

Professor of Law, Vermont Law School*