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Did President Trump obstruct justice?

A New York Times report reveals President Trump moved to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June but backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign. Many believe Trump's attempt to fire Mueller and end the Russia investigation is textbook obstruction of justice. But some legal experts argue the uniqueness of the powers granted to a president would make an obstruction case very difficult. Plus, he never actually fired Mueller. Did the president obstruct justice? ⚖️

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A New York Times report found President Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller back in June but backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign. Mueller apparently learned of Trump's intention to fire him in the process of investigating him for obstruction of justice.

President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation... The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.
After receiving the president’s order to fire Mr. Mueller, the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, refused to ask the Justice Department to dismiss the special counsel, saying he would quit instead.
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Many believe this is damning evidence that Trump obstructed justice because it slows a clear intent to disrupt the investigation.

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But legal experts disagree as to whether the public evidence alone is enough to make clear obstruction of justice case due to the unique powers of the presidency. Many believe a president can't obstruct justice simply because he is president, but others argue the obstruction cases brought against Presidents Nixon and Clinton contained more actionable offenses, and proving intent alone is difficult.

Trump’s allegedly obstructive conduct doesn’t quite match the two presidential precedents we have here. The obstruction of justice impeachment articles Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced accused them of destroying or withholding evidence and telling witnesses to lie under oath.
Trump’s possible motive is more difficult to prove than many are acknowledging with the evidence we have so far. That’s because he can still make the case that rather than acting to cover up crimes, he acted because he genuinely believes the Russia investigation is “fake news” and that he did nothing wrong.
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At the end of the day, Mueller wasn't fired. Nothing really happened, so can you really accuse a president of obstructing justice for an action he didn't take?

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Some legal experts say it's irrelevant that Trump was unable to fire Mueller. Obstruction is about intent, and Trump's desire to fire Mueller shows a clear intent to impede the investigation whether he was successful or not.

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