Fox News legal analyst: Mueller report shows Trump obstructed justice 'at least half-dozen' times
Added 04-25-19 12:57:02pm EST - “Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano argued Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's report contains "at least a half-dozen" instances of President Trump committing obstruction of justice.?” - Thehill.com
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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano argued Thursday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report contains "at least a half-dozen" instances of President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE committing obstruction of justice.
"Mueller laid out at least a half-dozen crimes of obstruction committed by Trump," Napolitano writes in a Fox News op-ed, before listing off the various examples that he considers to be obstruction of justice.
Napolitano, among other things, argues that Trump obstructed justice by ordering former White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, and to then lie to the media about the request. McGahn ultimately refused to follow through on Trump's order, according to Mueller's report.
Trump on Thursday denied ordering McGahn to dismiss Mueller, saying that if he wanted to fire the special counsel, he would have done it himself.
"Obstruction is a rare crime that is rarely completed," Napolitano adds. "Stated differently, the obstructer need not succeed in order to be charged with obstruction. That's because the statute itself prohibits attempting to impede or interfere with any government proceeding for a corrupt or self-serving purpose."
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