Trump's lawyer says 'a president cannot obstruct justice'

John Dowd made the argument that Trump cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer and has every right to express his view of any case.
1:29 | 12/04/17

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Transcript for Trump's lawyer says 'a president cannot obstruct justice'
And you heard Jon report there that the president's lawyer is now making this new argument that a president cannot obstruct justice. The president's lawyer John dowd saying the president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer and has every right to express his view of any case. Let's bring in Dan Abrams for the bottom line on this. I've been reading what legal scholars are writing all day on this. Everything from this is absurd to, he's got a point here. Reporter: It's a little bit of both. It's not credible to argue that the president simply can't obstruct justice no matter what the facts are. But he may have a point that just the firing of James Comey alone wouldn't be obstruction of justice, because that's within the per view of the president. I think it's fair to say they're going to need more than what we know today to file an obstruction charge. But a lot of people are going to be scratching their heads tonight, because presidents who have faced impeachment have faced obstruction of justice charges. The articles of itmpeachment against Clinton and Nixon do. But you heard the president's lawyer in the last 24 hours saying that a president cannot obstruct justice. Reporter: Well, this hasn't been addressed in the criminal context at all. But as you point out, with Nixon, it never made its way to the congress. With Clinton, he wasn't convicted by the senate. This is clearly a strategy by president trump's team as they prepare for the next phase of this case, and there are a lot of unanswered legal questions when it comes to the president. All right, Dan Abrams, our thanks to you. And one more development

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