Mueller Confirms, Trump Can Be Prosecuted For Obstruction Crimes After Leaving Office
Former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, as part of a day of dual testimonies he’s prepared to give on Capitol Hill. Mueller is also slated to speak before the House Intelligence Committee later in the day.
While answering questions from House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, Mueller explained that President Donald Trump was not exonerated from wrongdoing as a result of his eponymous report, in spite of the president’s many public statements alleging as much, per a previous report from HillReporter.com.
“The president was not exculpated for the acts he allegedly committed,” Mueller said.
Mueller did explain in his testimony also that a Department of Justice policy would not allow him to prosecute a sitting president of the United States.
“Is it correct that if you had concluded that the President committed the crime of obstruction, you could not publicly state that in your report or here today?” Nadler asked, per reporting from CNN.
“The statement would be that you would not indict, and you would not indict because under the OLC opinion, a sitting president cannot be indicted, it would be unconstitutional,” Mueller answered.
Nadler pressed on, asking if the same policy would allow for the president to be “prosecuted for obstruction of justice crimes after he leaves office.”
Mueller answered in the affirmative, saying that assumption would be “true.”
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Importantly, Mueller refrained from saying whether or not Trump should be prosecuted after his presidential tenure is over.
The Mueller report found at least 10 instances of Trump possibly committing acts of obstruction of justice, according to reporting from the Associated Press.
Those instances range from actions like firing former FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the Russia investigation up to May of 2017, to efforts at trying to stifle or even remove Mueller from being special counsel as well, to trying to limit what the public could learn from the investigation’s findings.