What Is Obstruction of Justice? William C. Banks Helps Time With an Explainer

What Is Obstruction of Justice?

(Time | May 16, 2017) The term “obstruction of justice” has been swirling inside Washington D.C. and across cable television ever since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week. The talk only intensified after the New York Times cited a memo from Comey claiming Trump had asked him to shut down an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn following his resignation.

“Lots of chatter from Ds and Rs about the exact definition of ‘obstruction of justice,'” Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Tuesday with a link to the Times report.

“Yesterday, secrets to the Russians. Today, obstruction of justice? When does this end?” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tweeted.

But what exactly is obstruction of Justice and how does it relate to the headlines that have been coming out of the Beltway?

Obstruction of Justice is essentially someone who intentionally intervenes or tampers with an ongoing investigation.

“You can’t get in the way or do anything to impede an investigation that has already been launched and if you do you may suffer criminal penalties,” said William C. Banks, a law professor and Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University …

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