CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice even though his attempts to obstruct justice failed, according to the details of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report:
If this isn’t obstruction of justice, I’d like to see what is obstruction of justice.
Mueller’s report found that Trump’s ten efforts to influence the Mueller investigation failed because members of his administration refused or bungled his orders:
The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his request.
[Corey] Lewandowski and [Rick] Dearborn did not deliver the President’s message to [Jeff] Sessions that he should confine the Russia investigation to future election meddling only.
And [Trump lawyer Don] McGahn refused to recede from his recollections about events surrounding the President’s direction to have the Special Counsel removed, despite the President’s multiple demands that he do so.
Consistent with that pattern, the evidence we obtained would not support potential obstruction charges against President’s aides and associates beyond those already filed.
However, Mueller decided to leave it to Congress to decide whether or not Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice, per the Mueller report, posted by CNN:
With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has the authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice…
If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.
The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.
(Sources: CNN, CNN,)