Nevadan among ex-DOJ lawyers saying Trump would face charges if not president

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“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.”

So reads a letter signed by nearly 700 — and counting — former Department of Justice prosecutors, including at least one from Nevada, former U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden.

Bogden was appointed U.S. Attorney in Nevada in 2001 by President George W. Bush. He later became the center of controversy when Bush fired Bogden and several other U.S. attorneys in 2006. Bogden was reappointed to the job by President Barack Obama in 2009, before being  dismissed by the Trump administration in 2017. He was replaced by Nicholas Trutanich, who had been chief of staff to then Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

The letter from the bipartisan group of former DOJ officials, posted on Medium Monday, states that the Mueller report describes several instances in which “the evidence of corrupt intent” on the part of Trump “is overwhelming.”

“We emphasize that these are not matters of close professional judgment,” the letter says, adding “to look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice — the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution — runs counter to logic and our experience.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

1 COMMENT

  1. Here is another example of cherry picking phrases from exhaustive documents so that you can be part of the, “I hate Trump” club. One of the reasons people voted for Trump was that he does not play the dirty-politian-game. I see this unsubstantiated vitriol directed at him, as overwhelming evidence of the corruption in Congress and the Media.

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