Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance told Congress on Monday that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation should be enough to “obtain a guilty verdict” on President Donald Trump and that she would be “personally” willing to prosecute the president for obstruction of justice.
Vance, who previously served as the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 2009 to 2017, testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the lessons from Mueller’s highly-contested report
In her remarks before the committee, the law professor said that Trump would have been charged with a crime if he was not the president of the United States.
“Based on my years of experience as a prosecutor, if I was assessing that evidence as to a person other than a sitting president… the facts in that report would be sufficient to prove all of the elements necessary to charge multiple counts of obstruction of justice,” Vance said.
She added that the “facts contained in that report would be sufficient to prove all of the elements necessary to charge multiple counts of obstruction of the evidence.”
“And I would be willing to personally indict the case and to try the case. I would have confidence that the evidence is sufficient to gain a guilty verdict and win on appeal,” Vance said.
“Now people can debate the merits of that position,” Vance said. “But as long as that memo is in effect it binds DOJ lawyers and Robert Mueller in his consideration committed to following the law.”
Watch Vance’s opening statement, below.
.@JoyceWhiteVance complete opening statement: "If anyone other than a president of the United States committed this conduct he would be under incitement today for multiple acts of Obstruction of Justice."
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 10, 2019