Another blow to the Resistance?
NEW: 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. @DanaBashCNN scoops https://t.co/eO63TfGY5p
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) May 16, 2018
And here's is a @DanaBashCNN scoop: GIULIANI says that Mueller's team informed Trump's legal team that they concluded they cannot indict a sitting president. (Per old DOJ guidelines.) Mueller's office declined to comment on Giuliani's claims. https://t.co/H5G9gJdGLJ
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) May 16, 2018
Rudy Giuliani tells @FoxNews that Robert Mueller told @realDonaldTrump legal team two weeks ago that he will abide by DOJ guidelines that a President cannot be indicted. Giuliani said Mueller has no choice but to honor a 1999 Clinton-era memo
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) May 16, 2018
More from CNN:
“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.
<Price is Right horns> https://t.co/v4HmcBTcai
— Matt’s Idea Shop (@MattsIdeaShop) May 16, 2018
This is quite possible, but I wouldn't treat Rudy as an ironclad source on this. https://t.co/rTwPwHfqjV
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) May 16, 2018