Republican attempts to defend Trump and Barr’s 'no obstruction' decree are pathetic

Mimi Rocah and Elie Honig, Opinion contributors Published 3:35 p.m. ET June 12, 2019 | Updated 8:30 p.m. ET June 12, 2019

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Democrats and Republicans clashed over lessons of the Mueller report during a hearing that featured two former high ranking FBI officials and a former Justice Dept. official invited by the minority on the panel. (June 12) AP

Donald Trump’s allies can argue that he didn’t obstruct justice, but the facts say otherwise. Their real rationale: He’s the president, end of story.

Perhaps the most surprising takeaway from the House Judiciary Committee’s first hearing about the Mueller report and obstruction of justice was the utterly pathetic defense mounted by committee Republicans through their witness, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation. Among other things, Malcolm called


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