Trump's Hotheadedness Was His Saving Vice

The president's lack of self-restraint helped protect him from impeachment.


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Donald Trump says what he thinks. Depending on your perspective, this quality is either refreshing or reckless. But it proved helpful in fending off charges that Trump obstructed justice or conspired with Russians to violate federal law, Jacob Sullum writes.

Obstruction and conspiracy are supposed to happen in the shadows. Yet as Attorney General William Barr noted on Sunday in his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, many of the actions that Trump's critics have cited as evidence of his criminality happened in broad daylight.