“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.”