As U.S. senators, government and private lawyers and others tussle over any criminal implications of President Donald Trump’s “hope” that James Comey walks away from investigating the former White House national security adviser, labor law offers another clue to the analysis.

Whether or not “I hope” could support a charge of obstruction of justic, the phrase has justified the finding of a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, a longtime labor lawyer in New York noted Friday in a post at the blog On Labor.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle