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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 TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments 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 RiceHouse GOP campaign arm adds to target list Lawmakers brace for bitter fight over Biden tax plan NY House Democrats demand repeal of SALT cap 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 BarrBill BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Judge's decision on Barr memo puts spotlight on secretive DOJ office Trump allies launching nonprofit focused on voter fraud MORE said caught him by surprise.

Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office 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.