III.A. Statutory Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-Of-Justice Provisions to the Conduct Under Investigation (Mueller Report)

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Part 1 of 2 from Section III. Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President. This subsection of Volume 2, pages 159-168, provides legal background of the obstruction-of-justice statute most readily applicable to the Special Counsel's investigation: Section 1512(c)(2) of 18 U.S.C.

Legal Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-of-Justice Statutes to the President (0:29)

Statutory Defenses to the Application of Obstruction-Of-Justice Provisions to the Conduct Under Investigation (2:41)

  1. The Text of Section 1512(c)(2) Prohibits a Broad Range of Obstructive Acts (4:39)
  2. Judicial Decisions Support a Broad Reading of Section 1512(c)(2) (7:58)
  3. The Legislative History of Section 1512(c)(2) Does Not Justify Narrowing Its Text (12:11)
  4. General Principles of Statutory Construction Do Not Suggest That Section 1512(c)(2) is Inapplicable to the Conduct in this Investigation (15:28)
  5. Other Obstruction Statutes Might Apply to the Conduct in this Investigation (19:42)

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