Americans have understood since Watergate that a White House coverup can become an impeachable crime in and of itself. Now, evidence seems to be mounting that special counsel Robert Mueller might be pursuing an obstruction of justice case against President Trump and/or members of his inner circle. Mueller, who was appointed in May 2017, has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election for nine months.
So far, four former Trump campaign associates have been charged in Mueller's investigation: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Manafort's deputy, Rick Gates; national security adviser Michael Flynn; and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Flynn and Papadopoulos have each pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and are cooperating with Mueller's investigation. Manafort and Gates insist they are not guilty of tax and money laundering crimes.
According to many experts, an obstruction of justice case is much easier to prove and more constitutionally tenable than, say, a case asserting some collusion between the president and a foreign power. While it remains an unsettled matter among legal scholars whether a sitting president can be indicted at all, the indisputable historic record shows he can be impeached by Congress. As it stands, there are several clues that Mueller may be pursuing an obstruction of justice case against Trump.