(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Monday outlined a new preemptive legal defense in the ongoing Russia probe: The president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice in his role.
A sitting president cannot obstruct justice, Trump lawyer John Dowd told ABC News in a statement Monday, citing Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
The “president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under Art II and has every right to express his view of any case,” Dowd added.
The outline was first reported by Axios this morning and later confirmed by ABC News.
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