List of former federal prosecutors accusing Trump of obstruction nears 700

Hundreds of additional former federal prosecutors have signed onto a statement asserting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE would have been indicted for obstruction of justice were he not currently serving as president.

The open letter organized by the nonprofit group Protect Democracy had roughly 400 signatures when it was initially posted Monday afternoon on Medium. The letter neared 700 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

Among the new signatories are Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a former U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceProgressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch MORE (D-Mass.), a former prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia. Both lawmakers have been critical of Trump.

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The letter claims that were it not for Justice Department guidance stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted, Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice based off the evidence laid out in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's report.

The former federal prosecutors point to Trump’s attempt to direct former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, as well as other actions to limit the scope of the special counsel investigation, as being sufficient evidence to obtain an obstruction of justice charge.

“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice,” the letter reads.

Mueller declined to make a decision on whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, a move that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr: Inspector general's report on alleged FISA abuses 'imminent' DOJ unveils program aimed at reducing gun violence Trump goes on tweeting offensive ahead of public impeachment hearing MORE said caught him by surprise.

Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinDemocrats ask judge to force McGahn to comply with subpoena Democrats ask court to force DOJ's hand on Mueller grand jury materials Washington celebrates diplomacy — and baseball — at Meridian Ball MORE reviewed the evidence laid out by Mueller in the report and determined that it was not sufficient to bring forward an obstruction charge.

But some Democrats have disputed that point, and have instead accused Barr of acting to protect Trump.