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 HolderFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The old 'state rights' and the new state power The Hill's Morning Report — Harris brings her A game to Miami debate MORE said Friday that any “competent” prosecutor could win an obstruction of justice case against President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case MORE, who released the redacted report on Thursday, said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Judiciary issues blitz of subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions, Trump associates 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 NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing 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.”