January 18, 2019

ANDY'S NERVOUS AND THE LIGHTS ARE BRIGHT:

BuzzFeed's Bombshell-or-Bust Story (JIM GERAGHTY, January 18, 2019, National Review)

If the big report in BuzzFeed is true, then President Trump suborned -- persuaded someone to commit -- perjury . . .  and there was widespread belief in the Republican party that suborning perjury was an impeachable offense back in 1998.




MORE:
Trump reportedly told Michael Cohen to lie. His own attorney general pick testified that's a crime. (Isaac Stanley-Becker, January 18, 2019, Washington Post)

When Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) asked President Trump's nominee for attorney general, William P. Barr, earlier this week whether it would be a crime if "the president tried to coach somebody not to testify, or testify falsely," Barr was unequivocal: "Yes," the nominee told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Under an obstruction statute, yes."

Now that an explosive story published Thursday by BuzzFeed News alleges that Trump did just that, by ordering Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress, Barr's answer presents the White House with a new quandary -- the president's own choice for the nation's top law enforcement official has described such conduct as "classic" obstruction of justice. Barr said the same when pressed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as in his own written statements. He has affirmed his view at least three times, both in a once-private memo and in sworn testimony.

Posted by at January 18, 2019 11:44 AM

  

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