Turley Rips NYT: 'Facially Absurd' That Devin Nunes Could Be Charged With Obstruction
Law Professor Jonathan Turley said it is "facially absurd" for the New York Times to float the idea that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) could be charged with obstruction of justice in the Trump-Russia probe.
In an article, the Times said Nunes may have "landed himself" in Robert Mueller's probe because he published the FISA memo that discusses FBI surveillance abuse allegations.
The paper references Illinois Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley's concern that Nunes may have coordinated the production of the memo with the Trump administration.
"This idea that Nunes could be charged with obstruction is facially absurd," Turley said.
Turley, a professor at George Washington University in Foggy Bottom, D.C., said Trump critics' definition of obstruction is "widening exponentially by the day."
He also criticized the possibility that allegations against former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn may have been partially based in suspicions he violated the Logan Act of 1799, which makes it illegal for unauthorized people to negotiate with foreign governments against U.S. interests.
Turley said the Logan Act has never been successfully prosecuted and that it is unconstitutional on its face.
The act, named for former Sen. George Logan of Pennsylvania, was signed by President John Adams in response to the Philadelphia County farmer's decision to independently travel to France to negotiate peace talks while still a private citizen.
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