Law Professor: Trump Could Resign to Save His Children from Prison: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年07月17日

Law Professor: Trump Could Resign to Save His Children from Prison

TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump could resign over a “constitutional crisis” caused by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and his son Trump Jr. over their interactions with Russia prior to the 2016 election, predicted Philip Bobbitt, a leading professor of law at Columbia University.

Emails released by Trump Jr. show that he met with a Kremlin-based lawyer last summer, along with Kushner and Paul Manafort, the then chairman of the Trump campaign, Islam Times reported.

Trump Jr., had been promised damaging information about his father’s opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, ahead of meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The president's eldest son, 39, responded by saying, "if it's what you say, I love it;" and set up a meeting with the source, according to the emails.

The Kremlin has denied any knowledge of the meeting and that it knew Veselnitskaya. The president's son has also played down the meeting, which reportedly took place on June 9, 2016 at the Trump Tower.

Bobbitt argues that even though President Trump faces the possibility of impeachment over obstruction of justice or incitement for the violation of a criminal statute, but the “likeliest possibility” is resignation.

“The likeliest possibility is the President’s resignation, as a consequence of the criminal prosecution of his children,” the law professor writes in the Evening Standard.

“Resignation, as remote as it seems right now, might well be a choice the President would make to save his children from prison, and himself from future prosecution,” emphasizes Professor Bobbitt, who is a nephew of former President Lyndon Johnson and a prominent constitutional theorist.

The president has defended his son, calling him a “wonderful young man” and a “good boy.”

“Would the President pardon them?” Bobbitt asks. “If he did, it would seal his impeachment and his own.”

Bobbitt has acted as special adviser to several US presidents since Johnson’s presidency.

Several congressional committees and federal investigators are looking into whether the Trump associates colluded with Russia in a bid to help the Republican billionaire in last year's US election.
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