18 USC Ch. 73: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
From Title 18—CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDUREPART I—CRIMES
§1505. Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees
Whoever 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 and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States, or the due and proper exercise of the power of inquiry under which any inquiry or investigation is being had by either House, or any committee of either House or any joint committee of the Congress—
Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
Donald Trump appears to engage in obstruction of justice, within the meaning of the statute quoted above, every day or almost every day. In full view of the public.
Trump may believe that his actions are above the law, and that he cannot be reached by the law given the Republican Phalanx which guards him in the Congress, but much remains to be seen.
There could always be a sealed indictment, requiring him to stand trial after he leaves office–or even before.
Significantly, Republicans in Congress who join him in his apparent acts of obstruction of justice may themselves be guilty of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. Consequently, they too are potentially liable to criminal indictments which may be handed down after they leave office0–or potentially even before.
This is a factor which each and every one of them should take into account as they act to further the apparent conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice in which the President seems to be engaged, every day or almost every day.
The Trenchant Observer