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.”
First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal
The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said.
"The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.
The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.
Founded by British billionaire Richard Branson in 2012, Virgin Orbit wants to offer a quick and flexible launch service for operators of small satellites, weighing between 300 and 500 kilos (600 to 1,00 pounds), a market which is currently booming.
Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert
On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020
Trump uses Memorial Day to attack Biden and recycle old lies about his coronavirus response
NYT: "At Least 430,000 People Have Arrived in the United States on Direct Flights From China"
President Donald Trump used the occasion of the Memorial Day holiday to recycle old, debunked lies about his likely Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a tweet Trump made several accusations, none of them are true.
Sleepy Joe Biden (mostly his reps.) went crazy when I banned, in late January, people coming in from China. He called me “xenophobic” & then went equally “nuts” when we let in 44,000 people - until he was told they were American citizens coming home. He later apologized!