'In Plain Sight': Former Watergate Prosecutor Explains Why Trump's Tweets May Place Him in Serious Legal Jeopardy

With renewed attention on President Donald Trump's Twitter feed after the New York Times reported that special counsel Robert Mueller may be considering his tweets as a part of an obstruction of justice case, former Watergate assistant prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks argued that the obstruction crime has occurred out in the open.


"I think the case of obstruction has been clear for over a year," she said on MSNBC Thursday. "It's very, very clear now."

She added that Mueller is likely to focus on the obstruction case ahead of the 2018 elections. Any indictments on collusion, she argued, will likely come after the election.

She also argued that his Twitter feed "establishes a pattern of behavior, and it shows what his intent really is."

"I've been saying for more than a year that the case for obstruction is in plain sight. And part of it is that he talks to the public, and he talks through Twitter, and that's the same as if he approached someone in private. He's sending a message to people: 'Do what I want, or else.' He could say that in a one-on-one meeting, or he could say it through his Twitter account. Both of them amount to obstruction of justice, and he should be held liable," she said.

Watch the clip below:

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.