Legal Expert Explains EXACTLY Which Law Trump Broke When He Lied About Comey Tapes

Donald Trump has admitted that he outright lied about having tapes of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. He claims this fib was just to keep Comey honest, apparently unable to realize that by saying this he was admitting to obstruction of justice just like Comey alleged. But Trump’s threat of tapes in itself appears to be an attempt at intimidating a witness, which happens to be illegal too.

Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe has identified just which law it was that Trump broke when he tweeted that Comey “better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations.” When news broke that Trump was full of sh*t and didn’t actually have any tapes, Tribe took to Twitter to blast him.

He then followed up with this:

Cornell University law database defines 18 USC 1503 as this:

Whoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, endeavors to influence, intimidate, or impede any grand or petit juror, or officer in or of any court of the United States, or officer who may be serving at any examination or other proceeding before any United States magistrate judge or other committing magistrate, in the discharge of his duty, or injures any such grand or petit juror in his person or property on account of any verdict or indictment assented to by him, or on account of his being or having been such juror, or injures any such officer, magistrate judge, or other committing magistrate in his person or property on account of the performance of his official duties, or corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b). If the offense under this section occurs in connection with a trial of a criminal case, and the act in violation of this section involves the threat of physical force or physical force, the maximum term of imprisonment which may be imposed for the offense shall be the higher of that otherwise provided by law or the maximum term that could have been imposed for any offense charged in such case.

So there you have it, folks. Yet another crime we can add to Trump’s ever growing list of illegal activities. At this point, it isn’t even a question of “if” Trump has ever broken the law. The only question at hand is will Republican lawmakers ever get the cajones to stand up to Trump and hold him accountable for any of his numerous crimes.

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