Nearly 700 former federal prosecutors have now signed onto a letter asserting that President Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice were he not currently serving as president.
The open letter organized by the nonprofit group Protect Democracy had roughly 400 signatures when it was initially published Monday afternoon.
As of Tuesday afternoon, that number had grown to nearly 700 signatures.
Among the new signatories are Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a former U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Mass.), a former prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia. Both lawmakers have been critical of Trump.
In Monday’s letter, former Department of Justice (DOJ) officials said the evidence of obstruction as laid out in special counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report was enough to bring forward an obstruction charge.
The ex-prosecutors say they believe there was more than enough evidence to charge Trump and they point to Mueller’s findings that Trump ordered then-White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel and later draft documents asserting that Trump never made that request.
The letter said, in part:
“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.“We emphasize that these are not matters of close professional judgment. Of course, there are potential defenses or arguments that could be raised in response to an indictment of the nature we describe here. . . . But, to look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice — the standard set out in Principles of Federal Prosecution — runs counter to logic and our experience.”
So, in other words, renowned president prosecutors are saying, essentially, that the current President of the United States is a criminal.