Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team told President Trump’s legal team that they can’t indict a sitting president, CNN reported Wednesday.
Rudy Giuliani, who is leading Trump’s legal team in the Russia probe, told the network that when it comes to the president, Mueller’s team can only write a report at the conclusion of its investigation. Such a report could outline wrongdoing or include recommendations for the House.
“They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us,” Giuliani told CNN.
The Hill reports,
The decision not to indict a sitting president would align with Justice Department guidelines dating back to the Nixon administration that say a sitting president can’t be indicted.
Giuliani added that he believes the Constitution prevents the indictment of a sitting president.
Mueller’s team declined to comment on the matter to CNN.
Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Thursday marks the anniversary of his appointment as the special counsel, which resulted from Trump’s decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey.
Giuliani has said he intends to use the one-year mark of the investigation to push for its conclusion.
The President’s lawyer also argued it’s a constitutional rule:
“The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him. Now there was a little time in which there was some dispute about that, but they acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can’t violate the Justice Department rules,” Giuliani said.
“We think it’s bigger than that. We think it’s a constitutional rule, but I don’t think you’re ever going to confront that because nobody’s ever going to indict a sitting president. So, what does that leave them with? That leaves them with writing a report,” said Giuliani.
As The Gateway Pundit notes, it’s not over yet,
Mueller is going to issue a report on his findings, according to reports; they will move to impeach President Trump.
This is also why House Dems want to move towards impeachment; they know a sitting president cannot be indicted.
Former US Attorney, Joe diGenova blasted Robert Mueller over his presidential subpoena threat in his Fox News appearance with Tucker Carlson recently.
Joe diGenova even taunted Mueller and told him to go ahead and issue Trump a subpoena because it will be unconstitutional and illegal.
“There is no authority under federal law to issue a subpoena to a president of the United States to get testimony from him so it can be used at an impeachment proceeding,” diGenova continued.