A bunch of former Republican-appointed national prosecutors this week clarified why President Donald Trump would have been criticised for blocking specific counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation if he had been anybody but the president in a new viral video.
The movie — published by Republicans for the Rule of Law (RRL), a conservative group whose stated goal is”defending the institutions of our republic,” in partnership with Protect Democracy — comprises three ex-GOP prosecutors: Donald Ayer, deputy attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush, Paul Rosenzweig, deputy assistant secretary of Homeland Security under former President George W. Bush along with Jeffrey Harris, deputy associate attorney general for former President Ronald Reagan.
The trio starts by describing how Attorney General William Barr misrepresented Mueller’s findings from his four-page summary, that was published about a month prior to the special counsel’s report was made public. “After I finally had the opportunity to browse the Mueller report itself, I realized that the Barr overview was not a fair and accurate summary of what the Mueller report contained,” Rosenzweig said. The second volume identifies 10 or 11 cases where the particular counsel examine the matter of obstruction of justice.”
“As a former prosecutor, I did not believe that it had been even a near prosecutory call regarding whether the president obstructed justice,” Harris added.
The team notes that Trump began interfering at the Russia investigation immediately after taking office.
“The first thing he does is that he attempts to affect the [former] head of the FBI James Comey in requesting him to go easy on Michael Flynn and when this doesn’t work outhe flames James Comey,” one of the prosecutors said in the video. “The worst barrier of all was that the president actively being involved to influence both the testimony and collaboration of crucial witnesses, including being Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Michael Cohen.”
Ayer, Rosenzweig and Harris subsequently condemned Republicans for empowering Trump’s behavior and called for GOP members to speak out to the rule of law. “Among the most troubling things to me personally is that the conduct of Republicans from the Senate and the House,” Ayer said, as a picture of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems in the clip. “All these are actually smart people, they understand there is a damning situation in the Mueller record of obstruction of justice from the president and they’re acting like there’s not. And that’s only flatly dishonest.”
The clip has been viewed more than 200,000 times since it was published on Thursday.
Before this monththe 3 former prosecutors combined nearly 1,000 others in signing a announcement which stated they believed that Trump’s conduct should have led to multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice if it were performed by anyone other than the president.
Chris Truaxa spokesperson and legal advisor for RRL, advised Newsweek that”these veterans of the Reagan and Bush Administrations are informs us who the legislation applies the exact same to everyone — even the president. Republicans and all Americans need to pay attention.”
Justin Vail, an attorney in Protect Democracy, said that the three former prosecutors revealed in the video that”the rule of law should take precedence over any political concerns.”
“Protect Democracy ardently believes that Americans have to hear in the men and women who spent their careers weighing evidence and making conclusions regarding whether it was sufficient to warrant prosecution,” Vail said in a statement emailed to Newsweek. “We had been approached by many Justice Department alumni who believed exactly the identical style, and so we agreed to send out a call for signatories to the announcement they drafted. We are happy to help amplify their voices through campaigns like this video.”