Experts question strength of Mueller’s obstruction evidence

Although “FBI special counsel Robert Mueller has learned about several previously unreported episodes that could tie President Donald Trump to a possible crime of obstruction of justice,” still, “experts are divided about whether it is enough to bring a case.”

Mueller has “been examining a false statement the president dictated on Air Force One in July in response to an article in the Times about a meeting Trump campaign officials had with Russians during the campaign.”:

A new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, says the president’s lawyers believed the statement was “an explicit attempt to throw sand into the investigation’s gears,” and it led one of Trump’s spokesmen to quit because he believed it constituted obstruction of justice, the Times reported.

The Times reported legal experts said of two primary issues Mueller appears to be investigating — whether the president obstructed justice while in office and whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — there is a larger body of public evidence tying the president to a possible crime of obstruction.

But the experts are divided about whether the accumulated evidence is enough for Mueller to bring that case, lacking evidence the president ever told witnesses to lie under oath, the Times reported.