Ever since Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate alleged Russia election meddling, one question has dominated Washington.
Will the special counsel indict Donald Trump?
That question was answered once and for all with this bombshell phone call to Trump’s lawyers.
Rudy Giuliani relayed to CNN that Mueller’s staff had informed him that they will follow Justice Department guidelines and not pursue an indictment against Donald Trump; they will merely submit a report on their findings.
There is only one reason Mueller is not moving forward with an indictment.
It is because Mueller’s investigation is a bust that has produced zero evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice.
“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has informed President Donald Trump’s attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President’s lawyer.
“All they get to do is write a report,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN. “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
That conclusion is likely based on longstanding Justice Department guidelines. It is not about any assessment of the evidence Mueller’s team has compiled.
A lack of an indictment would not necessarily mean the President is in the clear. Mueller could issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives.
The inability to indict a sitting president has been the position of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department since the Nixon administration and reaffirmed in the Clinton administration, but it has never been tested in court.”
The principle that a President cannot be indicted is not etched in stone.
It was formulated by the Clinton Justice department in 1999, but it can be challenged.
CNN also reports:
“Giuliani tells CNN the special counsel’s team has decided that “they have to follow the Justice Department rules.”
“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.”
You can bet your bottom dollar that if Mueller had actual proof of wrongdoing, he would be more than happy to challenge the notion that a President cannot be indicted.
But Mueller is backing down because his investigation is a joke and has yielded no evidence of wrongdoing.
The Mueller probe is exactly what Donald Trump said it was—a witch hunt and a hoax.
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