The list is now at more than 500: 500+ former federal prosecutors have signed onto a statement asserting that if the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel did not prohibit a sitting president from being indicted, Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice.
I signed this statement with hundreds of other former federal prosecutors to make clear what Mueller’s nuance may have obscured: Trump’s conduct violated the obstruction of justice statute, and he would be charged with crimes if he were not president.
The list is now at more than 800: 800+ former federal prosecutors have signed onto a statement asserting that if the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel did not prohibit a sitting president from being indicted, Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice.
The list is now at more than 650: 650+ former federal prosecutors have signed the statement asserting that Trump would be indicted if he wasn't the sitting president.
Don Ayer, who was Deputy Attorney General under Bush 41 the same time Barr headed OLC, signed this letter. Gene Rossi says on that for Ayer to sign is not only courageous, but also means Ayer thinks Barr's analysis of obstruction "is insane."
This important letter is worth reading in its entirety:
"[T]o look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice — the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution — runs counter to logic and our experience."
We continue to receive questions about where former federal prosecutors can sign the statement concluding that President Trump would've been charged with obstruction of justice were he any other American. They can add their names using the form at
16. About a thousand former federal prosecutors have read the Mueller Report and concluded that they would indict anyone who wasn’t the President on the facts presented. The Report itself raises grave concerns about the President’s fitness for office.
The letter by former federal prosecutors who believe that the evidence described in the Mueller Report makes out a strong obstruction case against the President has more than 900 signatories now. If you are eligible to sign you can do so here.
717 "The conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges."
FWIW this former prosecutor agrees with these near-400 prosecutors. The pattern is probative of intent, and an attempt is a chargeable obstruction offense. Moreover, it’s rare to get away with "inadequate" written answers, no subpoena and no 5th.
Anti-Trump group Protect Democracy organizes former federal prosecutors to sign letter saying Trump would be indicted if he weren't president.
In the old days — before 2016 — this would be extraordinary, and would also require some of us to come up with strained tech angles about Medium.
STATEMENT BY FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTORS (Trump’s actions would constitute felonies if he weren’t President)
I love how is being used as the way to display the signatures for the DOJ former prosecutors letter, with all kinds of data! (And the form is Google docs)
Now with over 800 signatures from former federal prosecutors: Had Trump not been the sitting President, he would be facing multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.