Trump May be Jailed for 5 Years in Obstruction of Justice Case

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When Comey declined to follow Trump’s advice to drop Flynn’s investigation, Trump removed Comey from his position – which is being considered as a clear case of obstruction of justice, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

By Rakesh Raman

Exactly as the fired FBI director James Comey had suggested in his testimony last Thursday in the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, President Donald Trump is now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice for removing Comey from the post.

Recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller will investigate Trump and his close associates for an attempt to scuttle Comey’s probe into Trump’s collusion with the enemy nation Russia in order to win the November presidential election.

According to Comey, Trump had directed him in a one-on-one meeting that FBI should drop the investigation on Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign for his alleged ties with Russia.

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It is largely believed that if interrogated further Flynn might spill the beans about Trump’s secret deals with Russia and its President Vladimir Putin.

When Comey declined to follow Trump’s advice to drop Flynn’s investigation, Trump removed Comey from his position – which is being considered as a clear case of obstruction of justice, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Trump, however, has dismissed the charges against him. He has blamed Hillary Clinton and Democrats for his increasing troubles, saying that they are making up the obstruction of justice case against him when they failed to find proof of his collusion with the Russians to win the election.

While Trump must be spending sleepless nights with the thoughts of imprisonment, many of his family members, Republican colleagues, and others who would have colluded with Russia to help Trump win are also trying to escape special counsel Mueller’s dragnet.

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For example, Vice President Mike Pence who is a blind supporter and top toady of Trump has hired a lawyer to save him from the Russia probe.

Similarly, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is a senior White House adviser, is under FBI scrutiny in the Russia probe.

It is also believed that many Republicans also knew at the presidential campaign stage that Trump was colluding with Russia but they stayed quiet and allowed Russian interference in the election in order to stop Hillary Clinton’s victory.

Although it is said that the Russian interference did not change the outcome of the election, the U.S. agencies have not fully probed this aspect of Russian attack on American democracy.

There is a likelihood that along with spreading false information about Hillary Clinton, Russians would also have stolen the voter databases to impact the vote count in Trump’s favor in the states where Democrats were supposed to win.

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And all this possible fraud cannot be committed without the knowledge of Republican top brass. So, special counsel Mueller may also interrogate Republicans including Paul Ryan, Reince Priebus, Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, Mike Pence, and Mike Huckabee who are silently supporting Trump’s attempts to kill probe into Russian interference.

Mueller may also call former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein who – along with tainted Flynn – was seen hobnobbing with Russians including Putin. After making some initial noise against Trump presidency, Stein went into a total hibernation possibly under directions from Russia.

Although Trump had managed to attract voters with his sensational rhetoric, most believe he is not fit to become the President because of his uncivil language and unstable thoughts.

While Trump received majority of the 538 state-by-state electoral votes to win the presidency, his rival Hillary Clinton won 48.2% of the popular vote compared with 46.1% for Trump.

In other words, Clinton collected nearly 3 million more votes than what Trump got in the November election. But the U.S. election system declared Trump as the winner.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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