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If in fact, a proceeding was not well-founded if it was groundless proceeding if it was based on full Saleh Gatien's, the president does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow it to run its course the president could terminate that proceeding, and it would not be corrupt intent because he was being full Slee accused good morning and welcome to AM joy. Well, we've got a lot to get to this morning including Donald Trump's brazen phone call with Russian president bladder Putin. Where not surprisingly he did not confront Putin on Russia's interference in the two thousand sixteen election, but he did get a smile. So that's nice, but we start with what you just heard from attorney general William Barr this week that is everything you need to know about his view on obstruction of Justice. Namely that essentially a president at least a Republican one cannot. Commit bar is among several legal minds on the right to hold a particular view about presidential power based on the theory called the unitary executive theory. According to politico, supporters of the notion of unitary executive argue that the constitution grants president's broad control, the executive branch to take a salient Trump era example, the power to fire FBI director for any reason at all. And apparently, according to William bar any reason includes to stop it investigation of himself simply because he thinks the investigation is unfair. If that sounds familiar I refer you to Richard Nixon said to David Frost after he was forced to resign from the presidency. There are certain situations. And the Huston plan that part of it was one of them where the president can decide that. It's in the best interest of the national something and do something illegal. Well, when the president does it that means that it is not a legal definition, exactly. Joining me now is called Butler, a former federal prosecutor MSNBC legal analyst Ryan Goodman, a professor of law at New York University and Walter Dellinger law professor at Duke University. Thank you for being here. Mr. Dellinger, you're not at the table. So I will actually go to you. I I'm politico has posted a piece called is titled the real reason that Bill bar is defending Trump, and I'll read a bit of it bar made. His first imprint in the battle as head of the Justice Department's office of legal counsel in the George H W Bush administration where he authored a controversial memo giving the FBI the right to seize fugitives abroad, without consent of the foreign government in question as deputy attorney general he told George H W Bush he had the power to send US military forces into Iraq. Without congressional authorization is what we're seeing here. A an attorney general who simply believes that president essentially has absolute power, and that he cannot truly be checked by congress..