A outstanding Democrat on the Home Judiciary Committee says it’s “too late” for President Donald Trump to cease investigations into his 2016 marketing campaign’s potential collusion with the Russian authorities.
In an interview on SiriusXM Progress that aired Tuesday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) advised me that Democrats’ new majority within the Home of Representatives means they now have the facility to maintain an investigation going, it doesn’t matter what occurs to particular counsel Robert Mueller.
“When it comes to the Judiciary Committee, considered one of our primary missions will probably be to proceed to guard the independence of particular counsel Mueller and his investigation,” Lieu mentioned. “Now that Democrats management subpoena energy beginning subsequent 12 months, it’s too late for Donald Trump to close down these investigations. Even when he have been to by some means shut down the Robert Mueller investigation, Democrats may proceed going ahead with it as a result of we are able to subpoena witnesses, we are able to subpoena paperwork. We will conduct our personal investigation.”
“The prepare has left the station,” Lieu continued. “I feel it’s simply too late now for Trump to do very a lot, which is why you see a sequence of indignant, determined tweets from Donald Trump.”
A former prosecutor within the U.S. Air Power, Lieu mentioned a few of these Twitter outbursts might have even damaged the regulation. In a Monday tweet, Trump quoted his longtime aide Roger Stone as saying he would “by no means testify” within the investigation, commending Stone for having “guts.” This adopted tweets wherein Trump lambasted his former lawyer Michael Cohen for cooperating with regulation enforcement within the Russia probe.
“I’ll by no means testify in opposition to Trump.” This assertion was lately made by Roger Stone, primarily stating that he is not going to be pressured by a rogue and uncontrolled prosecutor to make up lies and tales about “President Trump.” Good to know that some folks nonetheless have “guts!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2018
Lieu joined the analysis of other legal experts this week in calling the tweet a potential try and affect Stone to not cooperate with Mueller ― a potential violation of the federal regulation in opposition to witness tampering.
The tweets have been additionally considered as Trump sending a message that he would pardon those that don’t cooperate, although Stone gave an interview wherein he mentioned he hadn’t spoken with Trump a couple of pardon.
“Simply because Donald Trump does this overtly in public, doesn’t imply he didn’t violate the regulation,” Lieu mentioned.
The congressman cited the witness tampering regulation ― Title 18, Part 1512, of the U.S. Code ― to clarify that “you’ll be able to violate that statute merely by making an attempt to corruptly persuade a witness to not testify, and it’s fairly clear to me that Donald Trump is attempting to influence Roger Stone to not testify. And my view is, he violated the witness tampering statute.”
As for the general public nature of Trump’s alleged law-breaking, Lieu added that “you don’t essentially count on the American public to know what the witness tampering statute is, however you count on particular counsel Robert Mueller to know what that’s.”
“My view is that [Mueller is] going to have an entire part of displays the place he simply he simply cuts and pastes Donald Trump’s tweets proper onto the web page, as a result of a number of of the tweets by Donald Trump look to me like violations of the regulation,” Lieu mentioned. “And when it comes to dangling pardons, Richard Nixon tried that. That was additionally one of many causes for his impeachment within the Home of Representatives. As a result of dangling pardons constitutes obstruction of justice.”
Lieu, at present serving as assistant minority whip, was recently elected to the Democratic leadership and can serve within the function of Democratic Coverage and Communications Committee co-chair within the incoming Congress.
- This text initially appeared on HuffPost.