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ASU law professor discusses legal aspects of Trump-Russia investigation

President Donald Trump accompanied by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, calls on a member of the media during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Paul Bender joins the Think Tank to discuss several legal elements of the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign. We ask him about:

  • After asking others in the room to leave, Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to kill an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, saying, “I hope you can let this go.” Does this approach obstruction of justice?
  • Comey did not comply and was fired? Given this, does Trump’s action constitute obstruction of justice?
  • This request was reflected in Comey’s contemporaneous notes. Trump’s version is different. How do you assess their relative credibility if it comes down to he said-he said?
  • How does the appointment of a special prosecutor change matters?

This and more in this week’s Think Tank.

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