Even in his public remarks, the President has often left the impression that top law enforcement officers had a duty to protect him — like a personal lawyer — rather than to the neutral administration of justice and to the Constitution.

Fired FBI Director James Comey said Trump tried to establish a mob-like relationship of patronage with him. Trump also repeatedly berated his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his failure to rein in the Russia probe.

Trump has mounted relentless, almost daily attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry and other investigations targeting his administration.

In the worst-case scenario, his incessant private, public and political efforts to influence the investigations could add up to obstruction of justice in plain sight — and even form part of any future articles of impeachment.