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Podcast EXTRA: Trump, Comey and obstruction of justice

June 5, 2017 by NCC Staff

 

In this special bonus We The People podcast episode, we explore the legal and constitutional issues surrounding President Donald Trump’s handling of the Russia probe.

As all the nation knows at this point, former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee this Thursday, June 8, at 10 a.m.

Comey was abruptly fired by the President on May 9, the reasons for which are under dispute. There are also reports that suggest the President tried to pressure federal officials, including Comey, into ending the Russia probe and related investigations.

So, the question on the table today is “Does President Trump’s handling of the Russia investigation amount to obstruction of justice?”

Joining our Jeffrey Rosen to parse these important and timely questions are two leading experts in constitutional law.

Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School. He has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights.”

Laura Donohue is Professor of Law, Director of the Center on National Security and the Law, and Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center.


Show Notes

This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci and Scott Bomboy. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen. Continue today’s conversation on Facebook and Twitter using @ConstitutionCtr.

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