The whistleblower attorneys at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto (KKC) published an Op-Ed in The Hill on Tuesday morning discussing President Trump’s tweets concerning the intelligence community whistleblower who sparked the impeachment hearings.
In the Op-Ed, the whistleblower attorneys questioned whether or not the Trump whistleblower tweets constitute an impeachable offense under criminal obstruction of justice laws. They reference a recent court case, Joy v. Edwards, in which the defendant, the sister of an individual against which a confidential informant testified, posted attacks on social media calling the informant a “snitch” and “rat,” among other unflattering names. The defendant was convicted and ultimately served three months in prison for obstruction of justice.
The whistleblower attorneys argue that this precedent begs the question; Do President Trump’s tweets constitute a criminal offense as well?