There is a strong legal case for Trump’s obstruction of justice to result in a prosecution, argues Samuel W. Buell for Slate. Analyzing the detailed legal framework of his actions and statements, as well as those of ex-FBI director James Comey, the president almost definitely broke the law. Simply put, Trump tried to hamper Comey’s federal investigation into his ties to Russia. However, this does not mean that he will be tried while in office. Unless the information currently available changes, there is a strong likelihood that Trump will be tried as a private citizen. Him asking Comey for loyalty could prove to be a costly mistake.
There simply isn’t enough of a reason to prosecute Trump based on what is currently known, asserts Sandy Fitzgerald of News Max. To begin with, proving that he willingly obstructed justice is very hard to prove. Particularly Trump’s use of “hope” when talking to Comey as well as the FBI’s director not actually following that suggestion make this a murky discussion. In addition, it is still well within Trump’s power to fire current FBI-director Robert Mueller, who leads the investigation, which could stop it in its tracks. There is not solid enough evidence for a trial to definitively prove that the president committed a crime.