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Noah Feldman

Why Trump’s Tweets Are Interesting to Mueller

If you were looking for evidence of obstruction of justice, here’s how a Twitter feed could help.

You have a new follower: Robert Mueller.

You have a new follower: Robert Mueller.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It’s worth focusing on the news, reported Thursday by the New York Times, that special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing President Donald Trump’s tweets for evidence of obstruction of justice. Mueller’s efforts may not be surprising to those watching the case, but they should draw our attention to two legal aspects of obstruction:

Obstruction of justice can take place in full public view. And obstruction can involve statements that would otherwise be protected as free speech.