Alleged serial killer's brother reveals why obstruction of justice charges are so important in masterful Trump insult

Alleged serial killer's brother reveals why obstruction of justice charges are so important in masterful Trump insult
President Donald J. Trump steps out of the motorcade during the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Spc. Abigayle Marks)

Before special counsel Robert Mueller delivered the final report for his Russia investigation to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, March 22, the news media were wondering what Mueller would have to say on the subject of obstruction of justice. Barr, in a letter to Congress summarizing the report’s key finds, said that Mueller “left unresolved” the matter of whether or not President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice during the Russia investigation. And real estate developer Douglas Durst, chairman of the Durst Organization and brother of suspected serial killer Robert Durst, noted how useful obstruction of justice charges can be for prosecutors in a Thursday morning tweet.


Robert Durst, now 75, has been suspected of homicides in different states, but not convicted. And Douglas Durst, in his Thursday tweet, posted that his brother “was acquitted of the underlying crime” of “homicide” but “convicted of obstruction of justice”—adding that “the world is safer for it.” The next homicide trial for Robert Durst is scheduled to start in September.

Animosity has long existed between Douglas Durst and fellow real estate developer Trump, who has insulted him on Twitter more than once. On December 10, 2014, Trump tweeted that he “is a disaster at operating the new World Trade Center,” referring to one of Douglas Durst’s real estate projects. Trump described Durst as a "terrible manager" in a separate tweet that same day.

Some of the tweets in response to Douglas Durst’s post reflected on the subject of obstruction of justice as it pertains to Trump. Twitter user @TristanloganT posted that there “was no obstruction” when former FBI Director James Comey was fired in 2017 and that counterintelligence investigations “can be stopped by the President any time since he is in charge of national security.” And Twitter user @PeterMDavies80, in response to @TristanloganT, posted, “Yeah, looking forward to every future Democrat just stopping any investigation they want and then hiding the report about it and claiming exoneration.”

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