I’m shocked, I know you are too.
We started with nuclear secrets and now we’re down to where all these scandals go, process crimes.
Possibility of Obstruction Looms Over Trump After Thwarted Efforts to Recover Documents – New York Times
Any New York Times reader with half an ounce of memory ought to be giggling madly at this. Except they won’t because reading the Times for any reasons other than masochism or opposition research requires a highly selective memory.
This has been the pattern in Russigate from the very beginning. All the exciting allegations, leaks, whispered rumors and professional expert suggestions boil away like steam leaving behind process crimes. Lots of “crimes” invented by the investigation itself.
At least Russiagate took longer to get to “the only crimes here were those generated by our investigation into stuff the Clinton campaign made up” phase.
Here’s the bad news from the old gray lady’s mouth.
The 38-page affidavit, released on Friday, asserted that there was “probable cause to believe that evidence of obstruction will be found at” Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound, indicating that prosecutors had evidence suggesting efforts to impede the recovery of government documents.
In short, the issue isn’t the documents, it’s the trap created by Democrats coordinating within the National Archives and the DOJ to generate an investigation and then generate process crimes through the investigation that any sensible adult knows are nonsense charges put into place by investigators who don’t have have a case or a crime.
Since the release of the search warrant, which listed three criminal laws as the foundation of the investigation, one — the Espionage Act — has received the most attention. Discussion has largely focused on the spectacle of the F.B.I. finding documents marked as highly classified and Mr. Trump’s questionable claims that he had declassified everything held at his residence.
But by some measures, the crime of obstruction is as, or even more, serious a threat to Mr. Trump or his close associates.
Sure, we could use the Espionage Act, but instead let’s accuse him of not immediately complying with our baseless investigation. It’s just as good.
To convict someone of obstruction, prosecutors need to prove two things: that a defendant knowingly concealed or destroyed documents, and that he did so to impede the official work of any federal agency or department.
The documents were not destroyed, they were secured in a room that the feds were able to inspect. And do we really need to bring up Hillary’s “with a cloth” routine again?
Julie O’Sullivan, a Georgetown University law professor who specializes in white-collar crime, said the emerging timeline of the government’s repeatedly stymied attempts to retrieve all the documents, coupled with claims by Mr. Trump that he did nothing wrong because he had declassified all the documents in his possession, presented significant legal peril for him.
“He is making a mistake in believing that it matters whether it’s top secret or not,” she said. “He is essentially conceding that he knew he had them.” If so, she added, then not giving them back was “obstructing the return of these documents.”
It’s letting the legal process work itself out. Even few Dem judges would be willing to go with the claim that having lawyers negotiate over the return of documents in a unique situation like this is obstruction of justice. Even contemplating this shows just how hollow and worthless the whole thing is. The same gang that started out with implying Trump was passing nuclear secrets to the Russians now wants to pretend that it can charge Trump with obstruction of justice for… negotiating with the DOJ.
The cloud of potential obstruction carries echoes of the Russia investigation led by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. That inquiry ended up being as much about how Mr. Trump had sought to impede his work as it was about scrutinizing Russia’s efforts to manipulate the 2016 election and the nature of myriad Russian links to people associated with Mr. Trump’s campaign.
How did that work out?
Dig up Mueller from whatever old age home he’s sleeping in and run a second Mueller investigation for two years. It’s bound to work out better this time.