#knowyourfacts: obstruction of justice
The crime of obstruction of justice, in United States jurisdictions, refers to the crime of obstructing prosecutors or other (usually government) officials.
Defined in the omnibus clause of 18 U.S.C. § 1503 (whoa, What the FUuuuuuuUUuuck is that? - Section 1503 of Title 18, United States Code...basically some hella legal shit we don't need to get into.) which provides that "whoever . . . . corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be (guilty of an offense).
So basically the important thing we need to know is that the definition does not require that there be a direct order that would quash or affect an investigation into anyones (not just our president's) behavior. So, like... be aware of your intentions when trying to influence people yo!
things to think about:
- That Simple: Several federal statutes criminalize actions that impede official investigations.
- Not Weird Fact: A person obstructs justice when they have a specific intent to obstruct or interfere with a judicial proceeding.
- Shit: For a person to be convicted of obstructing justice, they must not only have the specific intent to obstruct the proceeding, but the person must know (1) that a proceeding was actually pending at the time.
what you can do:
Try not to get too hung up on this Russia shit, because even if the Senate Investigation committee AND the FBI find our president guilty of obstruction of justice... nothing is gonna happen because the GOP (i.e. the abbreviation for Grand Old Party whaic is literally The Republican Party) is in control of the House AND Senate. Instead - get fucking involved in the 2018 election campaigns! Figure out who you believe in and try to help them get elected into office to balance shit out again. #justsayin
resources, because fuck fake news:
- 'Obstruction of Justice: Here's the Legal Definition' by The Intercept
- 'Obstruction of Justice' by Cornell Law School
- 'What Is Obstruction of Justice? An Often Murky Crime, Explained' by the New York Times