According to the US Constitution, the President is the most powerful person in all of America.
The President also has more authority to do things than anyone else.
Given that, what exactly is the President allowed to do in an investigation?
Can the President legally obstruct justice and if so, under what circumstances?
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (my pick for Attorney General) says that the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not rule one way or the other on obstruction of justice charges against President Trump is because the laws are vague on exactly what the President can and cannot do.
For example, he can tell investigators that he will pardon someone and that pursing charges would be useless, is perfectly legal.
Fox News – Trey Gowdy: Mueller punted conclusion on obstruction of justice due to ‘open-ended’ question on presidential power – Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s decision not to offer up a conclusion on whether President Trump obstructed justice stems from serious uncertainty over the law.
“There is some unsettled law on exactly what a president can do. I mean, a president could pardon you today, Bill, before you were ever charged,” Gowdy told Hemmer.
“A president can call the United States attorney and say, ‘look, I’m going to pardon Bill Hemmer so don’t even waste your time.’” …
You can be assured that with the vagueness being alluded to with what a President can or cannot do, Democrats would automatically rule that Trump did try to obstruct justice.
The question is, how will Republicans interpret Mueller’s findings?
One would expect Senate Republicans to rule that Trump did not obstruct justice, but that may not be the case with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Senate Republicans being so anti-Trump.
I’m sure that they would much rather rule against Trump and that they would prefer a politician like Vice President Mike Pence be in the White House.
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