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November 25, 2020 14 min

This section explains the basic elements that are common to most of the relevant obstruction statutes and provides definitions relevant to events discussed in Section II relating to potential issues of obstruction of justice. This episode covers the "Background Legal and Evidentiary Principles," pages 9 to 14, from Volume 2 of the "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election."

Background Legal and Evidentiary Principles (1:14)

  • Legal Framework of Obstruction of Justice (1:18)
  • Obstructive act (2:48)
  • Nexus to a pending or contemplated official proceeding (3:25)
  • Corruptly (5:14)
  • Witness tampering (5:33)
  • Attempts and endeavors (7:04)
  • Investigative and Evidentiary Considerations (8:12)

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