Former special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed on Wednesday that he believes President Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice after leaving office.
“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) asked Mueller during the former special counsel’s testimony.
“Yes,” Mueller replied.
Buck appeared to be taken aback by Mueller’s response.
“You believe that he could committed – you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” Buck repeated his question.
“Yes,” Mueller confirmed.
Congressman: "Could you charge the President with a crime after he left office?"
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Mueller has repeatedly pointed to Justice Department guidance that states a sitting president cannot be indicted as preventing his office from even considering whether to charge Trump with a crime.
“The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president. Correct?” Rep. Ted Lieu asked.
“That is correct,” Mueller replied.
Rep. Lieu: "The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president. Correct?"
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Nadler had earlier asked if it was true that “under Department of Justice policy, the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice crimes after he leaves office.”
Mueller said that was “true.”