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learned a new term today office of legal council OLC
“We believe strongly that, but for the OLC memo, the overwhelming weight of professional judgment would come down in favor of prosecution for the conduct outlined in the Mueller Report,” they said, referring to a policy issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.
If Barr did in fact view the president’s cooperation as evidence “weigh[ing] heavily” against a finding that he had the requisite corrupt intent, then this alone could have provided the legal grounds for Barr’s conclusion that Mueller’s evidence did not establish that the president had committed obstruction
overbroad—leaving much to the discretion of prosecutors. It is also very difficult to master. Accordingly, to assist students in working their way through these materials, charts comparing the elements of some of the most commonly used statutes are included throughout this chapter.
Section 1503’s “omnibus clause” has been applied to sanction a great variety of non-coercive obstructive activity, including: false statements made to federal agents; false testimony before a grand jury or trial court; refusing to testify before a grand jury after immunity has been conferred; knowing concealment, falsification, or destruction of evidence to be submitted to a grand jury or court; and efforts to alter the testimony of witnesses for corrupt purposes. It has also been used to pursue conduct that is not perhaps as intuitively categorizable as “obstruction,” including a grand juror's or others' unauthorized disclosure of grand jury information and lawyers= efforts to obtain monies from criminal defendants by false promises to “fix” the proceedings or pay off criminal justice officials.
originally posted by: LSU2018
a reply to: Fallingdown
That's probably 400 out of the several thousand they asked.