Donald Trump Has Made 2019 One Of The Most Corrupt Years In History, Says Former Prosecutor

Tyler MacDonald

In an op-ed for USA Today, former federal corruption prosecutor Noah Bookbinder argued that 2019 was one of the most corrupt years in United States' history, thanks to Donald Trump and his alleged abuses of power, which ultimately led to his impeachment.

"Indeed, the impeachment articles themselves note that the conduct they describe is part of a disturbing pattern of behavior stretching back through this presidency," Bookbinder wrote. "The events of 2019, a dizzying year that serves as a microcosm of this ethically challenged administration, show the path to impeachment was paved with ethics lapses, scandals and apparent lawbreaking."

Bookbinder continued to outline the many instances of corruption connected to Trump. He noted the testimony of Trump's now-imprisoned attorney Michael Cohen, who said that Trump personally directed him to pay off a woman claiming to have had an affair with the president. Bookbinder also highlighted Trump's refusal to cooperate with former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and the subsequent report of Trump's attempts to obstruct the investigation.

"On at least four separate occasions, Trump's conduct was so obstructive that it would almost certainly have been criminally charged had Mueller not felt bound by a Justice Department opinion barring indictment of a sitting president."

Trump's conduct has led to the passing of two articles of impeachment -- one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. As The Inquisitr previously reported, constitutional law professor F. Michael Higginbotham believed that Trump should follow in former President Richard Nixon's footsteps and resign for the benefit of the already-divided country.

Blumenthal referenced Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's concerns and suggested that his Republican colleagues likely feel the same way. According to Blumenthal, there are five to 10 colleagues in particular that have expressed "severe misgivings" about McConnell's approach.