White-collar criminal defense attorney Caroline Polisi told CNN on Wednesday that we now have evidence that President Donald Trump has tried to obstruct at least three different investigations into either him or his associates.
While analyzing the bombshell New York Times report about Trump asking former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to put a loyalist in charge of probes being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, CNN’s Poppy Harlow asked Polisi if this behavior would constitute obstruction of justice.
“It would,” Polisi replied. “It would definitely be part of a larger pattern or practice, a mosaic theory of the case. We now have three investigations that it’s alleged that the president may have obstructed.”
She then went on to explain that Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the SDNY’s investigations into former “fixer” Michael Cohen and potentially corrupt actions by his inauguration committee.
It’s unclear that Trump has actually succeeded in thwarting any of these investigations, Polisi added, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be guilty of criminal obstruction.
“Prosecutors charge attempted conspiracy all the time,” she said. “I think that has been sort of the defense of the White House: ‘Well, nothing ever came of it, right?’ In every facet of every crime alleged here, the defense has always been nothing ever came of it. That’s just wrong, legally speaking.”
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