President Donald Trump sparked fresh accusations of obstruction of justice over the weekend with a tweet indicating that he knew former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI—but, according to the president’s personal lawyer John Dowd, Trump can’t possibly obstruct justice because…he’s the president.
“Dowd is serving baloney for breakfast. Courts regularly consider otherwise lawful conduct by government officials to be obstruction if undertaken with corrupt intent”
—Norm Eisen, Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in WashingtonThe “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution’s Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case,” Dowd said in an interview with Axios.
Many were quick to draw comparisons between Dowd’s argument and former President Richard Nixon’s infamous statement: “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.”