Legal Professor Explains Trump’s Criminal Guilt in Epic 26-Part Twitter Thread

Attorney and law professor Seth Abramson perfectly explained in an epic Twitter thread why President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice.

At the time of this writing, former FBI Director James Comey is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his recorded conversations with Trump prior to his sudden firing. However, at the time his testimony became public on Wednesday, Republicans and other Trump supporters — like his personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz — pointed to Comey’s decision to not personally accuse Trump of a crime as proof that there was no evidence of Trump actually committing any crime.

However, Abramson, who teaches journalism and law at the University of New Hampshire, used a 26-tweet thread to break down the federal statute outlining what constitutes obstruction of justice, noting that past impeachment processes initiated by Republicans were over obstruction of justice. Most notably, Abramson argued that for someone to be guilty of obstruction of justice, no actual obstruction needs to take place — the defendant merely has to have knowledge that their actions are attempting to impede an investigation.

“DON’T let GOP pols or pundits—or conservative pals—use disinformation about Obstruction of Justice to obscure how historic today is,” Abramson tweeted. “Another lie you’ll hear tomorrow is Obstruction of Justice is hard to prove. It isn’t—at all. Because it’s NOT a specific intent crime… As only Comey and Trump were present when the words making up the case were said—by Trump’s design—this SEEMS a ‘he said/he said’ case.”

“This too is a sort of lie,” Abramson continued. “Comey a) contemporaneously memorialized the conduct, and b) is testifying about it under penalty of perjury. On this record, NO reasonable juror could conclude Trump didn’t commit Obstruction of Justice—especially as Trump won’t deny the words.”

Read the full Twitter thread below:

 

Jamie Green is a contributor to the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.