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Did Mr. Trump obstruct justice?
- The growing crisis raises urgent questions of abuse of executive power
May 18, 2017-
I hope you can let this go.” Those are President Trump’s words, according to the former F.B.I. director, James Comey, and they should resound as an alarm to anyone concerned about protecting the Constitution. The president of the United States may have a lot of power, but that power does not extend to obstructing a federal investigation.
That is precisely what Mr. Trump was trying to do. Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey last week, just as the bureau’s investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was heating up. After the White House tried to produce a coherent rationale for the president’s action that would distance it from the Russia investigation, the president himself made the connection explicit. Mr. Trump said his decision was based at least in part on his belief that “this Russia thing” was a “made-up story.” This growing crisis now raises urgent questions of abuse of executive power. The White House cannot police itself, and Americans can’t have an ounce of faith in the Justice Department, which is run by an attorney general who was Mr. Trump’s top cheerleader in the Senate.
When will Republicans in Congress decide that enough is enough?
Published: 18-05-2017 08:17