Obstruction of Justice Statutes: Legal Issues Concerning FBI Investigations, Specific Intent, and Executive Branch Personnel [May 19, 2017] [open pdf - 129KB]
"On May 16, 2017, the New York Times reported that President Trump may have encouraged former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey to terminate an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The Times based its story on a memo that Mr. Comey reportedly wrote after a February meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. The article's description of the meeting, coupled with the removal of Mr. Comey from his position as FBI Director and the more recent appointment of Robert S. Mueller as special counsel, has generated widespread discussion of how federal laws concerning obstruction of justice might apply to the President's reported conduct."
CRS Legal Sidebar, May 19, 2017
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