Jonathan Oberman, a professor who trains public defenders at Cardozo Law School, also scoffs at Vance’s reasoning. “There are conflicting stories from a witness?” he says. “Okay — then just apply the same standard to poor and low-income people and let them derive the same benefit.”
December 4, 2017 Esquire - Is there a compelling case that President Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey? Reporter Jack Holmes reports on the President's latest legal defense, which the article states "rests on the notion that the laws surrounding obstruction of justice do not apply to the president-that he is above the law."
Professor Michael Herz in the article says that while the president has broad authority to fire an FBI director, some grounds for dismissal would be impermissible and amount to obstruction, particularly pertaining to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "Trying to protect a criminal because he is a friend or the investigation will be personally or professional problematic for the obstructor, on the other hand, is pretty clearly an ‘improper purpose,’" he said.