Democratic Rep Can’t HANDLE the HEAT: “I’m Not Going to Get into a Legal Discussion. You Want to go to Law School? Go to Law School!

Democratic Rep Can't HANDLE the HEAT: "I'm Not Going to Get into a Legal Discussion. You Want to go to Law School? Go to Law School!" 1 Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)

WASHINGTON—Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen became testy Wednesday morning when asked by SiriusXM Patriot 125 what the underlying crime was surrounding an obstruction charge related to impeaching President Trump.

“There doesn’t need to be an underlying crime. That’s a very special interpretation of the law brought about Bill Barr that he did particularly for Donald Trump,” said Cohen a member of the House Judiciary Committee known for bringing a bucket of KFC to a committee hearing to mock Attorney General Bill Barr when Barr did not appear to testify.

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Cohen added, “But it’s the minority opinion. There doesn’t need to be an underlying crime to commit obstruction of justice. The Mueller report pretty much lays that out. The law points it out.”

“I’m not going to get into a legal discussion with you. Do you want to go to law school? Go to law school.”

In his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, AG Barr was asked by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy why the lack of an underlying crime, like conspiring with Russia, was key for an obstruction case.

Barr argued, “In this situation with the President who has the constitutional authority to supervise proceedings, if, in fact, a proceeding was not well-founded, if it was a groundless proceeding, or based on false allegations, the President does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow it to run its course.”


He continued, “The President could terminate that proceeding and it would not be a corrupt intent because he was being falsely accused, and he would be worried about the impact on his administration. That is important because most of the obstruction claims that are being made here, or episodes, do involve the exercise of the President’s constitutional authority and we now know that he was being falsely accused.”

Democrats, including Cohen, reject Barr’s legal interpretation of the president’s authority when it comes to obstruction of justice. So, what exactly do they say the president obstructed?

“He tried to obstruct the investigation. He tried to obstruct Congress’s oversight right now. It’s pretty clear,” Cohen said.

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When pressed that Republicans could have made the same argument about Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama during the Fast and Furious scandal, Cohen replied, “I think they did.”

But could Republicans have had the legal standing to have impeached Barack Obama? Cohen did not want to answer that.

“I’m not going to get into a legal discussion with you. Do you want to go to law school? Go to law school.”

Cohen is among a growing group of Democrat lawmakers urging Speaker Pelosi to launch an impeachment investigation against President Trump. Most members of the House Judiciary Committee are among these members pressuring Pelosi to do so.

Pelosi has resisted the calls among her caucus to do so and called for patience on Wednesday morning at a caucus meeting. She later told reporters that just because impeachment is not on the table presently does not mean that Trump is not “engaged in a cover-up.”