It is almost certain that President Trump obstructed justice, asserts Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker. Newly available information about the president seeking to fire Robert Mueller, and only backing out after one of his staff members threatened to resign, paints the clearest picture yet. He is feeling the pressure of the Russia probe and wants all digging to cease as soon as possible. After Trump fired James Comey, he publicly admitted that it was to stop the investigation. While he acted within the law, his use of executive power to shield his private interests from the public eye and possible legal repercussions can be seen as corrupt behavior.
While President Trump may have acted wrongly in some cases, there is far from enough evidence to prove that he willfully and corruptly obstructed justice, writes David French of National Review. While some information suggests that the president lied to the public, that is far from a crime. He has fully cooperated with investigators. Had he deceived them, he would be in trouble, but that’s not the case. Even wanting to fire Mueller, asking Comey for loyalty and pressuring individuals to drop the investigation is not illegal. To prove that Trump obstructed justice there would need to be rock-solid evidence that he actively tried to corrupt the Russia probe.