NJ Senior Senator Bob Menendez is on trial as I write this is for calling two government agencies and seeking to intervene in favor of a supporter. He has pleaded not guilty, and there is a chance (especially given the <a href=”https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/13/nyregion/sheldon-silver-conviction-overturned.html?bluejersey.com”>overturning</a> of Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction) he will be found so. But there is also the chance he will be found guilty of using his public office to interfere with the federal government to help a financial and political supporter.
If he is convicted, then a grand jury must immediately be impaneled to look into President Trump’s interference in the Department of Justice’s investigation into Sheriff Joe Arpaio,
“The president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions whether it would be possible for the government to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, but was advised that would be inappropriate… After talking with Sessions, Trump decided to let the case go to trial, and if Arpaio was convicted, he could grant clemency.”
“So the president waited, all the while planning to issue a pardon if Arpaio was found in contempt of court for defying a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people merely because he suspected them of being undocumented immigrants… His effort to see if the case could be dropped showed a troubling disregard for the traditional wall between the White House and the Justice Department, and taken together with similar actions could undermine respect for the rule of law, experts said.”
And also when Trump tried to intervene into the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia during the election.
Trump said: “‘I hope you can see your [FBI Director James Comey’s] way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Then there are Trump’s attempts to intimidate and belittle independent investigator Robert Meuller to stop his investigation into Trump capaign collusion with Russia.
“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story,” Trump tweeted. “Nice.”
Trump followed up about an hour later with another critical tweet: “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
It is very clear that President Trump has repeatedly tried to use his governmental position to influence government investigations into criminal behavior. If Senator Menendez is convicted, then so is President Trump.