Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump

Holder: Any 'competent' prosecutor could win obstruction case against Trump
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Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderLegal challenges to stay-at-home orders gain momentum Census delay threatens to roil redistricting Storm builds around Barr over dropping of Flynn case MORE said Friday that any “competent” prosecutor could win an obstruction of justice case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 MORE.

“ANY competent public corruption prosecutor would bring obstruction charges against Trump/and win," Holder tweeted. "Only reason Mueller did not was because of the flawed DOJ [Justice Department] restriction against indicting a sitting President. He said so (below). Congress now has a constitutional responsibility."

Holder's comments came after the long-anticipated release on Thursday of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report on Russia's election interference in 2016 and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

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Mueller wrote in his 448-page report that his team "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government" in its election interference efforts.

The special counsel also declined make a determination on possible obstruction of justice by Trump, determining that the evidence did not reach a threshold to charge the president with obstruction.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump sides with religious leaders in fight against governors Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans MORE, who released the redacted report on Thursday, said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSenate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election McConnell embraces subpoena of Obama-era officials MORE declined to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the president after reviewing Mueller's findings.

Mueller wrote in his report that his team probed 10 “episodes” of potential obstruction of justice, leaving the door open to possible congressional probes of Trump’s conduct. 

“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 authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” Mueller wrote.

House Democrats on Thursday and Friday seized on Mueller’s findings on obstruction, with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe House impeachment inquiry loses another round — and yes, that's still going on Democrats call on DHS to allow free calls at ICE detention centers Warren announces slate of endorsements including Wendy Davis and Cornyn challenger Hegar MORE (D-N.Y.) issuing a subpoena Friday morning for the special counsel’s unredacted report. 

“The Special Counsel made clear that he did not exonerate the President,” Nadler said Thursday. “The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions.”