On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner scorched President Donald Trump for his most recent Twitter tirade about being exonerated by “highly conflicted Bob Mueller” and his “Angry Democrats” and that there was “no obstruction.”
“Nobody can accuse the president of tweeting accurately or truthfully. Everything he does is nonsense, quite frankly,” said Kirschner. “You can obstruct justice even if there is no underlying crime.”
“Let’s assume we’re all on a board of directors together, and the FBI is investigating wrongdoing by the board of directors,” Kirschner offered as an example. “Let’s assume that I then, I’ll be the fall guy. I start paying people off to lie to the FBI because I don’t want the FBI to look into and expose what we’ve been doing as the board of directors. And then the FBI concludes, you know what? There’s not enough evidence to charge any of these board members with crimes. Well guess what? I’ve still committed the offense of obstructing justice because I’ve paid off witness to lie to the FBI during an official investigation.”
“What Donald Trump did, and what has now been exposed, is he obstructed justice,” said Kirschner. “And there’s no such thing as ‘attempt to obstruct justice.’ Because obstruction of justice is defined as actually impeding an investigation, or attempting to impede an investigation. So there’s no attempt to — he obstructed justice. Plain and simple. The fact that others stopped him from doing it is not a legal defense.”
“And that’s why when the [Office of Legal Counsel] memo says you can’t indict a sitting president because you can impeach him, now that’s where we are,” Kirschner added. “You can’t say we’ve found ten crimes but we’re not going to bother impeaching him.”
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South Korean fighter jets fire 400 warning shots at Russian military plane
South Korean fighter jets fired nearly 400 warning shots at a Russian military aircraft on Tuesday after it violated the country's airspace, with Seoul warning of a far stronger reaction if a breach reoccurs.
The Russian A-50 early warning and control aircraft breached South Korean airspace twice off its east coast, the defence ministry official said, forcing the air force to scramble fighters.
Moscow denied any of its military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, saying its planes had carried out planned drills over international waters.
But Seoul said a warplane entered South Korean airspace near the disputed Dokdo islets -- which are also claimed by Japan -- the first such violation since Korean War hostilities ended in 1953.
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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.
That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.