Trump Calls Mueller’s Obstruction Investigation “Phony” and “Witch Hunt” In Latest Tweet Blast

440px-Director_Robert_S._Mueller-_III-1donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedWashington was awaken this morning with our now regular sound of a tweet from the President. At 6:55 am, President Donald Trump blasted the report that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating him for obstruction of justice.  He called the whole thing based on a “phony story” — a likely dig at former FBI Director James Comey.  I previously raised my concern about the alleged leak from the Special Counsel’s office.  The fact that the office is investigating obstruction is hardly news.  Even those of us who have expressed substantial reservations about the legal basis for an obstruction charge against the President have said that there was ample reason to investigate such allegations.  However, the leak in the Washington Post undermines the credibility not of the President but the Special Counsel.  Similarly, I have previously said that these tweets from the President are highly damaging to both his public and legal case.  Recent polling finds that only one in five voters support Trump’s firing of Comey and a majority now believe that he did meddle in the Russian investigation.

This morning, the following tweet flew out of the White House:

 

They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice

Once again, the tweet is not without foundation. There is no known proof of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. I have been openly skeptical about the claims and openly critical of the treatment officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the controversy. However, that is not the point.  Trump is the focus of a criminal investigation and it is exceptionally poor judgment to be tweeting about the investigation.

Trump then an hour later called the investigation by Mueller a witch hunt:

You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! 

Trump has repeatedly lambasted the Russia probe as a “witch hunt,” using the phrase in at least eight tweets since March.

These tweets and prior alleged statements adds to questions over the role of White House Counsel Don McGahn.  If the President repeatedly raised the investigation with Comey and others, it would presumably have occurred over the fierce objections of counsel.  That leads to the question of whether Trump is simply not consulting with the White House Counsel — a deeply troubling concern in itself.  These continued tweets only magnifies the concern over whether McGahn is able to offer effective counseling to the President.  Worse yet, an obstruction investigation may invariably lead to McGahn and what he has advised the President — making him a potential witness. There are obviously confidentiality and privilege issues in such inquiries. However, there are also crime and fraud exceptions to such claims.  McGahn is an experienced and accomplished lawyer. He knows how to handle himself in such investigation.  Yet, the President’s continued discussion (and alleged intervention) into aspects of the investigation could put his position under great scrutiny.

 

 

165 thoughts on “Trump Calls Mueller’s Obstruction Investigation “Phony” and “Witch Hunt” In Latest Tweet Blast”

  1. @Oky, June 15, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    “Hear what Roger Stones (sic) view of Mueller, Comey & Rosenstien (sic)

    “BTW: I’d would have already had the 3 of them up on charges 1/21/2017 if I were Trump.”

    This isn’t Turkey, Oky. At least, not yet.

      1. Unless the “most recent” is a reply to a previous comment, at which time it gets nested with the original comment. Which can make the time kind of wibbly wobbly.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

  2. Prof Turley,

    Hear what Roger Stones view of Mueller, Comey & Rosenstien (sic)

    BTW: I’d would have already had the 3 of them up on charges 1/21/2017 if I were Trump.

  3. @Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter, June 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    “No, because I also know people. And I have yet to run across a single one who “supports Comey”, either Democrat or Republican.

    “So no, it isn’t “emotionalism”, but experience.”

    You’re still emoting, and are quite evidently unaware of the difference between a scientific poll and anecdotal exchanges at an office water cooler.

    But do carry on. 🙂

  4. It is good that Professor Turley raises the alarms as he has–This is not Turkey or the Philippines–Furthermore, it must be noted that the Trump sideshow is giving Republicans plenty of cover to do their thing on making sure 23 Million People lose coverage (and even the Administration itself is admitting people will lose coverage); rollback of civil rights legislation; rollback of basic environmental rights; rollback of national monuments–this is not “conservatism…but radicalism at its’ worst. A true conservative preserves the best and builds–what is also unfortunate that the aftermath of the Scalise shooting that saw leadership at its’ best (with the speech by the House Speaker) was shattered by this “Rant” by the President and on top of that, Steve king blaming Obama (he needs to get a life)–What is more tragic is that Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt and even Abraham Lincoln himself will not be welcome by today’s GOP–sad testament to our times….

      1. I think both FDR and JFK were political careerists and their standards were fixed-in-place only within a modest temporal range. Other than Sargent Shriver, the Kennedy claque has never taken issue with prevailing strands of opinion within the Democratic Party. I think a Roosevelt scion ran for Congress in Massachusetts ca. 1986 and another was a promoter of a shizzy advocacy group around the same time, but they’ve otherwise kept a low profile. Jimmy Carter has not provided a critique of the Democratic Party in recent decades either, even though he was during his career somewhat off-center within it. (I think he has resisted having anything to do with Bill Clinton, in contrast to the other former presidents).

        George McGovern and Henry Jackson took stands which were somewhat outre in Democratic circles in real time.

        1. I agree completely. FDR/JFK moved leftward with the Democrat party over time. In the last 50 years, the whole country has moved to the Left, and a “Moderate Democrat” of 1967 would be a “Conservative Republican” of today.

          Goldwater in 1964 was “Mr. Conservative” – go look at some of his stances, today 1964 Goldwater would be considered a member of the Alt-Right, and the Left would be punching him for “being a Nazi”.

    1. “making sure 23 Million People lose coverage”

      Mike, please show me where in the US Constitution the US federal govt has the authority to be involved in health care or health insurance. It’s not there!

      Actually health insurance Drives Up cost & Increases patients risk of life threating bad health care.

      IE: What was the Dr’s name that was recently convicted of 50, 100 or more for giving them breast removal & the Cut/Posion/Burn/ very harmful, completely ineffective Cancer treatment so he could earn more money over 20-30 years?

      As far as that 23 Mil that may lose coverage as I understand it most of those just make their own decision not but insurance & opt out.

      As to your other issues, please think I’m crazy with my views like Alex Jones & go watch the last 3-6 months of Infowars.com Radio/TV on youtube. Then come back & tell my what your opinion is.

      1. If you are poor and can’t afford insurance and get sick – just have the decency to crawl off someplace and die quietly.

        1. Jay S – it doesn’t make any difference because according to the Gov of Virginia, 93 million Americans are dying daily because of guns. Couple of weeks nobody is going to be left.

    2. BTW: Talk show host Dr Michael Savage has explained many times on his show & in his books just how phk’ed the US health care system has become & how & why it has became that way.

      As the Wallst guy Karl Denninger has explained publicly many times US health care cost used to be 3 1/2 to 4 percent of GDP.

      The last several years US health care has been running at 18 1/2 percent of GDP as health care outcomes have gotten worse.

      The US can not afford 18 1/2 percent of the economy without going further bankrupt then we already are as these high cost shift working capital from productive use to unproductive activity.

      IE: The Commie/Nazi Utopia Socialist State of Illinois. With more states added very soon.

      “Unable To Pay Bills, Illinois Sends “Dear Contractor” Letter Telling Firms To Halt Road Work On July 1

      “Illinois is not in danger of becoming a failed state, it is a failed state…”

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-15/unable-pay-bills-illinois-sends-dear-contractor-letter-telling-firms-halt-road-work-

      If you get time go back study Ronald Regan’s 1985 or 86 cancer treatment. Nancy wouldn’t permit the standard Cancer treatment. I think he lived another 15 years.

      Then look at the high cost of the current failing cancer treatments that is one major area that is driving HC cost through the roof.

      1. Oky1,…
        Reagan had surgery, and two feet of his lower intestine was remove, along with a cancerous polyp.
        I don’t know what you mean by “Nancy wouldn’t permit standard cancer treatment”, but the surgery Reagan had was (and probably still is) a “standard cancer treatment”.

        1. He didn’t have the Chemotherapy and Radiation, he had what at the time was referred to as an experimental cancer treatment. I forget the name, but one can look it up. The later claimed, as I recall, a cure rate of 35% to 40% the former claims a cure rate of 5% for the 1st 5 years, that makes it statistically completely ineffective as doing no Chemo & Radiation has the same cure rate of 5% for the 1st 5 years.

          I’ve experienced these facts multiple time in my family.

          My mother in law spent something like 5 to 700000 dollars fighting cancer, still died withing 5 years which left her husband working another 10 over his normally retirement age paying off what the insurance wouldn’t cover

          watch this documentary:

      2. Nancy wouldn’t permit the standard Cancer treatment. I think he lived another 15 years.

        He had the standard treatment and she had the standard treatment (modified radical mastectomy) when she turned up with breast cancer.

        About 12% of the value added in the economy is in the realm of ‘health care and social assistance’, which includes long-term care and medical research as well. The ‘18%’ figure you see comes from an invalidly calculated ratio which makes use of gross output of the health-and-social-assistance sector in the numerator and gross domestic product in the denominator.

        Some portion of the increase over 70 years is due to dog-chasing-its-tail subsidies and opaque pricing, but most is technologically-driven and derived from changes in consumer preference as other preferences are satisfied. There has been a large increase in the proportionate output of veterinary services over the last 50 years, even though that’s seldom anything but cash-on-the-barrelhead fee-for-service.

      1. Roscoe, Reid is a corporate shill masquerading as a journalist. Smug, 0 substance. Typical Lame Stream…

        Give me a “Power Ranger” like Jordan any day

  5. @Squeeky Fromm
    “I still say it was a bullsh*t poll. We don’t know how the questions were asked, or framed. We don’t know how the ‘concern’ was figured”

    You further make my point, here. If you “don’t know how the questions were asked, or framed.” and “don’t know how the ‘concern’ was figured,” then how can you rationally assert that the poll is BS?

    Just doubling down on your initial emotional reaction is no more persuasive than the original..

    1. No, because I also know people. And I have yet to run across a single one who “supports Comey”, either Democrat or Republican.

      So no, it isn’t “emotionalism”, but experience.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. As I have told you before, you assume an infallibility of knowledge that denotes a closed mind..and an aged prejudice….

  6. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak tweet and remove all doubt.

    What does give one pause is that no matter how evident the damage these tweets cause him, Trump persists in doubling down on them over and over and over again. It becomes, well, sort of understandable that some would assume there is some incredible deep and brilliant motive behind it all other than the more obvious (and thus questionable???) explanation that Trump is simply full of himself.

    1. Or how about the Gillette Razor thing, where the simplest answer is usually the right one—to wit, that Twitter is how Trump communicates with the American people. And the elites and the talking head types can’t stand it because Trump is going around them to do it.

      Really, wasn’t this the whole thing back in the day between the Catholics and the Protestants??? The Catholic Church had a monopoly on the relation between God and people. The Catholic Church was the only group that could interpret scripture. Then, here comes the Protestants who call bullsh*t on it, saying that could read the Bible for themselves and decide what was right or wrong, or what God expected of them.

      I like Trump’s tweet, and I agree with it. Paraphrasing Ben Franklin(?), when they tell you how honest and how much integrity a special counsel has, hide the silver.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. Mainly elites on twitter…twitter has not caught on with most Americans.

        1. Every press outlet in the world retweets President Donald J. Trump’s tweets.

          President Donald J. Trump’s tweets are ubiquitous.

          President Donald J. Trump is conducting the most transparent administration in American history.

      2. Glad to see you “like” Trump’s Tweet…..this does mean that you’re concurring saying the constitution does not matter, separation of powers does not matter…the rule of law does not matter….but that’s your brand of conservatism (or so folks like you who adopt interesting aliases and all they like is to blame without saying anything constructive…)..
        Cheers….

  7. 100 years from now schoolchildren will be studying Trump’s tweets to understand what a complete and utter moron he was. In fact, the only ones more stupid than Trump are the people who voted for him.

    1. Right and all the uber intelligent Republicans were able to elevate a candidate on their own?
      Pretty much sums it up.
      The stooges ate their overlords.
      Whose stupid now?

    2. Well that certainly helps the discussion here, SilverBells. Thanks.

    3. Ding ding ding! We have a winner. L Silver with the winning entry! Pay the man, Shecky!

  8. @Nick Spinelli, June 15, 2017 at 9:19 am

    “Mueller is a golfing buddy of Comey, and Mueller has hired Hillary donors. And, at what point will the intelligent JT stop believing phony MSM polls. Does anyone here think 75% of people like and support Comey? Come on!” 🙂

    @Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter, June 15, 2017 at 9:52 am

    “Amen to that! A phony poll if ever there was one.” 🙂

    @DesparatelySeekingSusan, June 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

    “It’s doubtful that name-recognition for James Comey exceeds 25% of the adult population.
    The poll is fake.” 🙂

    In other words, “As true believers in our Illustrious Leader, we don’t need to provide any evidence to support our emotional reactions to unsupportive news about him.”

    Comey testimony watched by an estimated 19.5 million viewers

    “The Seattle Times, 20:04 PM ET June 09, 2017
    “An estimated 19.5 million viewers watched James Comey’s widely televised U.S. Senate testimony. Nielsen figures released Friday tallied the audience for the fired FBI director’s appearance across ad-supported networks and cable channels. The major outlets divided Thursday’s audience up fairly evenly, with leader ABC’s 3.295 million viewers followed closely by CBS […] ▶ Full story on seattletimes.com”

    “About NORC
    “With its headquarters in Chicago, NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent, objective, non-partisan research organization that provides data and analysis to support people and organizations in making informed decisions on key social issues. Founded in 1941, NORC is one of the foremost social science research firms, working with clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. It is home of the General Social Survey, the long-standing bi-annual survey of American attitudes on an array of topics. Read more. http://apnorc.org/Pages/default.aspx

    “The AP-NORC poll of 1,068 adults was conducted June 8-11 using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.
    Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone”
    (See link to NORC, above).

    1. I still say it was a bullsh*t poll. We don’t know how the questions were asked, or framed. We don’t know how the “concern” was figured. For example, you could truthfully characterize this 2010 poll as saying that 58% of Americans had some doubts or concerns that Obama was born outside the United States.

      http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/08/04/rel10k1a.pdf

      You could also truthfully characterize it as saying that only 27% of Americans thought Obama was born outside the country.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. Merely because you don’t know how professional political scientist conduct their polling doesn’t invalidate the poll. If you didn’t major in political science in college, you most likely aren’t even aware of the guidelines and processes which are inherent to every poll conducted by reputable and experienced pollsters. Google may be your friend the next time you encounter a subject of which you are unfamiliar; that is, before opening your mouth and removing all doubt.

        This is for squeeky.

        1. Blah. Blah. Blah. I still don’t believe the crap. I don’t believe most of what I read in the MSM. I just put it in an “uncertainty” file, as possible crap. Maybe true. Maybe false. You never know what kind of an axe someone has to grind. If you believe stuff like this, then maybe you should read this. Most research can not be duplicated. Somewhere around 60%-70%. According to a “survey.”

          http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39054778

          And “science” is a lot more “scientific-y” than polls.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

        2. If you actually majored in political science? My god, what a waste of money and time.

  9. This is a classic example of a fishing expedition. It’s only end result will be uncommitted viewers will realize how insane the hate filled Democrats and leftists are.

    Globalist heads are exploding all over the world, including Obama and HRC.

    REAL Americans took our country back from the global elite. My healthcare is too expensive ($900/month for my family). Time to step away from socialist rule and let capitalism work. My car insurance is just $25 per month (from Insurance Panda) and my internet is just $30/month from RNC. Let the free market handle health insurance!

    8 years of lies and even more of Liberal corruption made Trump possible. Thank God we will have some real leadership in office for the next 8 years.

    It’s time to forget about Obama and the catastrophe he was.

  10. It IS a witchhunt. It needs to be shut down. Then Trump needs to have the investigators, Comey, Mueller, Obama, Brennan etc etc, investigated for Seditious Conspiracy

      1. frankly – Drudge is reporting that Putin is offering Comey political asylum. This is the highlight of my day. 🙂

          1. George – no I don’t jest, and don’t call me Shirley. 😉

  11. Now we’re investigating obstruction of justice into a phony investigation? I read somewhere, and I heartily agree, that Trump should direct AG Sessions to open serious investigations into every single Democrat and turn this charade into a full on sh*t show. Fight fire with fire and call them on their BS. Start with the obviously corrupt ones including Loretta Lynch, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, and keep going right on down the line…

    1. Maxine Waters and her fellow left wingers know they can be as slanderous as they want. Evidently when you run for office you no longer have any legal recourse. Where is that in the Constitution? I cannot find anything on slander and public figures.

      1. Maxine Waters is one of the most corrupt members of Congress and she’d better think twice before she keeps spouting her ‘resistance’ nonsense. I hope Trump directs his DOJ to investigate Maxine Waters (among others). Guaranteed she comes up stinkin’ to high heaven with corruption.

        I think Sarah Palin should absolutely sue the New York Times for libel. I hope she does. They deserve to be sued. The NYT is atrociously partisan. Sue their asses.

        http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/14/nyt-uses-gop-shooting-to-falsely-attack-sarah-palin-with-debunked-conspiracy-theory/

  12. Why hasn’t something been done to stop the false information, some sort of penalty for wasting tax payer money? If it came out of their pocket, they would probably stop the misinformation. Even God was against misinformation in his 9th Commandment. These false accusers are obviously not God fearing people.

    1. Funny how the msm, congress, senate and the leakers can defame, insinuate and outright falsely accuse anyone in the administration but it is Trump’s tweets that are the problem. I am beginning to understand why some are calling those “liberal loons”. Sorry, but if you dish it out, you can expect comebacks.

  13. I almost feel sorry for Trump – almost. I can smell his desperation 250 miles away.

    His only concern is for himself, of course. But the investigation from the start has been about others in his campaign, too. If he only kept his mouth shut, he might have been okay. But he keeps indicting himself with his loose lips, tweets, and actions, easily documented. I imagine the FBI shakes its collective head at his monumental stupidity.

      1. Forget the 12-step program. Lock him in a room without access to the outside world and force him to kick the habit cold turkey. Besides kicking the habit, him tucked away like that would likely be beneficial to the entire world.

        1. dogfightwithdogma – I think it has to be an group endeavor. Trump, plus the MSM. They all get shut in a large room for 24 days to overcome their addictions. It isn’t fair that Trump has to be the only one. You can add George Takai to that list as well.

  14. Trump is unfit for public office. He’s a disgrace to this country, as much as any Clinton ever was.

    Sessions’ testimony yesterday was a joke. He had no basis for failing to answer questions (except that DOJ would refuse to prosecute him). He claimed he had the right not to answer in case the president wanted to claim executive privilege sometime in the future. What crap! What’s worse, Republicans of the intel committee refused to challenge that BS from the top law enforcement officer in the US.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltKuEo_HB30

    Trump needs to go. Sessions needs to go.

      1. I’m a fan, too, but for King’s support of regime change in Syria. I do not understand that paradox, which would make me hesitant to vote for him for Top Job without an extremely reasoned explanation.

        1. Don’t know what his positions on many things are but he certainly is refreshing and to the point in these hearings. 🙂

      2. frankly you’re too late. The election was last year. Try again in 2020.

        1. Obviously, King is not in the line of succession should Trump leave office.

    1. Yeah, you’re right. Sessions and Trump should have used their clairvoyance to anticipate when a question would involve executive privilege and then asserted it before it was even asked, al la:

      Kamala Harris: Er, General Sessions ….

      Session: Sorry Sen. Harris, you are about to ask me about that March 3rd conversation with the President and I want to assert executive privilege. And by the way, be careful of that tuna fish sandwich you’re going to order for lunch in about an hour. It might have been left out too long. Oh, and your dry cleaning is going to be lost ….

      Steve, Do you read what you write or is it just cut ‘n paste from the Antifa?

      1. Amen! That is exactly the way some of these idiots think it is supposed to work. Like Sessions, or anybody else, has any idea out of what left field alternate universe some of these questions are going to come from.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Well, if Sessions and Chump were: 1. Honest; 2. Smart; and 3. Qualified to serve then they wouldn’t need to worry about how to answer questions and Sessions wouldn’t have to make up fake claims of nonexistent privilege .

          Hey Bottle Blondie, there isn’t any left field alternative universe. The questions aren’t hard to answer for an honest person who isn’t trying to strategize on how to hide his crimes or unfitness for office, or who has to worry about what evidence and witnesses might be out there to disprove lies they might tell, so they try to avoid answering at all.

          1. Natacha – exactly what are the Constitutional qualifications to be President? Does Donald Trump have them?

          2. Natacha:

            ” … answer questions and Sessions wouldn’t have to make up fake claims of 𝐧𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞.”
            ******************************

            Well, you’re close … as in exactly wrong. Here’s an excerpt from US v. Nixon (1974) explaining the basis and limits of executive privilege:

            “The expectation of a President to the confidentiality of his conversations and correspondence, like the claim of confidentiality of judicial deliberations, for example, has all the values to which we accord deference for the privacy of all citizens and, added to those values, is the necessity for protection of the public interest in candid, objective, and even blunt or harsh opinions in Presidential decisionmaking. 𝐀 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐬𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨 [Footnote 17] In Nixon v. Sirica, 159 U.S.App.D.C. 58, 487 F.2d 700 (1973), the Court of Appeals held that such Presidential communications are “presumptively privileged,” id. at 75, 487 F.2d at 717, and this position is accepted by both parties in the present litigation. We agree with Mr. Chief Justice Marshall’s observation, therefore, that “[i]n no case of his kind would a court be required to proceed against the president as against an ordinary individual.” United States v. Burr, 25 F.Cas. at 192.

            But this presumptive privilege must be considered in light of our historic commitment to the rule of law. ” [emphasis mine]

            You and Boris need a better US handler.

          3. Nasty,

            Yeah, like Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch were ‘honest’…and Barack Obama was ‘smart, honest AND qualified’….bah hahaha ha ha!!! oh please don’t make me laugh…..

      2. And Steve is a lawyer, and an obviously biased liberal. Did you know that on FB Liberal is on the far left of Democrat. So it is possible he is an Antifa. Aren’t most people from Oakland, CA? Birthplace of “free speech” which has always meant violent riots.

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