I agree with you in the abstract, obstruction charges, if levied, would be like a "secondary accident" spawned off by the investigation itself. One could argue in an alternative universe that if no one had ever investigated, no one would've had to "opportunity to lie" (if it happened... we don't know).technovelist wrote:But those crimes are the result, not the cause, of the investigation, as they would not have existed without the investigation.ochotona wrote:My understanding is the crime that is being looked for is obstruction of justice. Maybe the campaign contacts with non-US persons were legal, if they occurred, but one better not lie about them in an official interaction with authorities. The Martha Stewart effect.
So that doesn't answer the question that Maddy asked.
But America is the land of opportunity. We set up stings which give car thieves the opportunity to "steal" remotely controlled cars, and then get arrested. We give terrorists the opportunity to buy "bombs" from law enforcement, "detonate them" with cell phone codes and then get arrested.
I see the same principle at work here. Is it politically motivated? Without a doubt. Does that make an obstruction crime, if it occurred, any less of a crime? No. For me, the moral of the story is, don't conduct yourself and talk stupidly and catch yourself a case.