We know he has lied. We know he will continue to lie. But what did Trump know? When did he know it? These are the questions that have to be answered in order to justify obstruction of justice.
We can all agree that Robert Mueller’s performance as special counsel has been spectacular. He has already indicted Donald Trump’s campaign manger, Paul Manfort, and secured plea deals from former Trump advisers Michael Flynn and George Papadapoulos.
Mueller’s reserve is as impressive as his job performance, as all the above pleas and indictments had been in the work for months. He strategically released the indictment of Manafort, which the pundits predicted the prior weekend, in tandem that of Richard Gates.
Then, just when the Trump administration had probably assumed the worst of the day was behind them, it was announced that former campaign foreign policy manager George Papdapolous has entered a guilty plea and had been cooperating with Mueller.
Undoubtedly, Mueller has caused President Trump more stress than anyone else this year. But so far the president himself has not been brought directly into the investigation fray. And depending on the timeline Mueller can put together, it could be devastating for Donald Trump, his team, and his legacy.
The problem with indicting or prosecuting the president for collusion is that, as far as we know, there isn’t any evidence that he was personally involved in any of the shenanigans done on hid behalf by friends, family member, or staffers. Yet.
But collusion is not necessarily the only reason for Mueller to investigate Trump. Robert Mueller may have a much easier time taking Trump to task for his attempts to undermine the Russia investigation, such firing FBI Director James Comey. Those actions may well constitute criminal obstruction of justice. Should Mueller acquire enough evidence to support such a case, he could seek permission to indict and prosecute Trump.
At that point, we would be in uncharted waters. Uncharted… but beautiful waters.