Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) got Mueller to confirm that he couldn’t indict Trump because of the OLC opinion that a sitting president can’t be indicted.
Rep. Lieu asked, “So to recap what we’ve heard, we have heard today that the president ordered former white house counsel Don McGahn to fire you. The president ordered Don McGahn to then cover that up and create a false paper trail. And now we’ve heard that the president ordered Cory Lewandowski to tell Jeff Sessions to limit your investigation so that he, you, would stop investigating the president. I think a reasonable person looking at these facts could conclude that all three elements of the crime of obstruction of justice have been met. I’d like to ask you again the reason again you did not indict President Trump is because of a longstanding tradition that you do not indite a standing president, correct?”
Mueller answered, “That is correct.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) July 24, 2019
All of the Republican claims of exoneration, and the president cleared were destroyed in one swoop as Mueller admitted that if Trump was president, he would have indicted him. Donald Trump should be facing a criminal indictment right now, and Mueller’s testimony makes it look likely that if Trump loses the 2020 election, he will be indicted after he leaves office.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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