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Dems ask whether DOJ memo prevented prosecuting Trump for hush payments

Posted On: Jul 19, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Dems ask whether DOJ memo prevented prosecuting Trump for hush payments

House Democrats want to know if a decades-old Justice Department prohibition on indicting a sitting president played a role in federal prosecutors' decision not to criminally charge President Donald Trump over hush money payments that he directed his fixer to pay to women. The prohibition, laid out in a 2000 memo by the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, was also a key factor of former special counsel Robert Mueller's decision to refrain from considering whether to charge Trump with obstruction of justice for his repeated attempts to thwart the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now Democrats on the House Oversight Committee say the federal prosecutors based in the Southern District of New York should disclose whether they made a similar analysis. The president's longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was jailed earlier this year, in part for his role in hush payments to women accusing Trump of extramarital affairs, and he implicated the president in the scheme. Documents...

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