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Donald Trump Confirms That He's Being Investigated for Obstruction of Justice: What Does It Mean?
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18 Jun 2017 06:41 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image Source: White House)

President Donald Trump confirmed on his personal Twitter account that he's being investigated for obstruction of justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey.

In a series of furious tweets, he accused the deputy attorney general of starting a "witch hunt" against him.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweets have caused speculation over the future of official Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing and later approved the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller to lead the Russia investigation into Trump's election campaign.

A person close to Trump's tweets told CNN that he was referring to the reports that he's under investigation. According to that source, Trump was not confirming that he was under investigation neither was he indicating that he was told by the special counsel that he was a target of the probe.

Though he's not happy with Rosenstein, this was a major move brought on by Mueller to investigate Trump's place in his campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any possible signs about Trump's associates, according to officials who spoke to The Washington Post.

So, does that mean he will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein? There's also been speculation that he could fire Mueller. Now, speculation is growing if he will add Rosenstein to the list.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the President will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller," warned Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a statement to CNN. "The message the President is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the President's oath of office."

So, what does obstruction of justice mean? It certainly doesn't mean what you think it means or what Trump think it means. Trump tweeted on Friday that the obstruction charge was false and meaningless since the original charge that Trump's campaign was under investigation for hasn't been proven yet.

According to Think Progress, "It’s not necessary for the underlying crime to have been committed by the person — or even to exist — for that person to commit obstruction of justice."

Even if the special counselor finds there was no Russian collusion with the election, Trump could still be found guilty of attempting to interfere amid an ongoing investigation. It has happened before. Obstruction of justice is a charge against presidents because it's the charge most used in impeachment proceedings. It was one of the two charges for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. He was impeached for obstruction of justice and perjury for lying under oath about his sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinski. The special prosecutor claimed Clinton had obstructed justice even though there was no evidence of him committing the crime.

So, there you go. Trump can still obstruct justice even without any evidence to back it up.

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Date: 19 June, 2017
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