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The special counsel Robert Mueller’s top lieutenant in the Russia investigation said this week that President Donald Trump should be investigated and potentially prosecuted for criminal conduct after he leaves office in January.

“As painful and hard as it may be for the country, I believe the next attorney general should investigate Mr. Trump and, if warranted, prosecute him for potential federal crimes,” Andrew Weissmann, a former federal prosecutor, wrote in a New York Times op-ed article, adding, “Mr. Trump’s criminal exposure is clear.”

Weissmann said Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election yielded “ample evidence” that the president obstructed justice throughout the inquiry by threatening to fire Mueller and dangling pardons to associates who were ensnared in it.

“We saw Mr. Trump use his clemency power to do just that with, for example, his ally Roger Stone. He commuted Mr. Stone’s sentence, who was duly convicted by…

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