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A president can't obstruct justice? That's not quite right, legal scholars say.

A president can't obstruct justice? That's not quite right, legal scholars say.

The assertion by President Donald Trump's lawyers that he cannot obstruct justice because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations is legally problematic, analysts say, because it would essentially mean the nation's commander in chief is above the law.

But the president's powers are expansive, and many questions remain about how Trump's office could protect him from the special counsel investigation examining whether his campaign coordinated with Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

"The fact is, everything that we're seeing, there is no precedent for," said Jacob Frenkel, who worked in the independent counsel's office in the late...

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