Last week – which happened to mark the one-year anniversary of the Robert Mueller investigation – Mueller’s team informed Trump’s legal team that they would not be indicting the President.
Rudy Giuliani, who is now leading Trump’s legal team in the Russian collusion investigation, told CNN that Mueller’s team begrudgingly admitted to him that it was not within their authority to indict a sitting President. Giuliani said, “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
Mueller’s acknowledgement that a sitting President cannot be indicted comes from Justice Department guidelines from the Nixon era which came to the same conclusion. Instead of indicting President Trump, Mueller’s team has said that all they will be able to do is release a report once the investigation is over.
This report would be sent to the House and would outline any wrongdoings that exist – if any are found – and include recommendations to the House. Ultimately, though, the decision of whether or not to press charges against the President would be outside Mueller’s control and would be entirely up to the House of Representatives.
If Mueller’s report does show that Trump engaged in illegal activity, the House would be able to go forward with impeachment proceedings. However, so far there is very little reason to believe that the investigation will be able to show that the President engaged in any wrongdoing. We’re now one year into the investigation without Mueller producing a single shred of evidence that Trump colluded with Russia.
While Mueller could be keeping this evidence close to the vest until the investigation’s conclusion, it seems likely that if any evidence existed that Mueller would have at least alluded to it by this point, if for no other reason but to bolster faith in his investigation at a time when the American people are increasingly coming around to believe that the entire investigation is futile.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted, “Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History…and there is still No Collusion and No Obstruction. The only Collusion was that done by Democrats who were unable to win an Election despite the spending of far more money!”
Giuliani echoed these sentiments following the Mueller team’s admission that they would not be able to indict the President, saying that he planned to use the one-year anniversary of the investigation to push for its conclusion.
Some conservative commentators, though – the most prominent being the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro – have urged President Trump not to end the Mueller investigation, saying that doing so would only cast doubt on his innocence when allowing the investigation to run its course would likely prove Trump’s innocence beyond any doubt.
With that said, there is another school of thought that says allowing the investigation to continue casts a cloud over Trump’s Presidency and also increases the odds that Mueller will find Trump guilty of wrongdoing unrelated to collusion with Russia such as obstruction of justice or perjury.
One of the main points of contention in the investigation as of late has been whether or not President Trump will agree to testify under oath before Robert Mueller. Trump initially indicated that he would be willing to do so, but Giuliani said this week that he felt it was not necessary for Mueller to interview the President.
Such an interview would no doubt present an opportunity for Muller to trap the President into perjury, as Trump’s off-the-cuff style could easily lead to him giving conflicting statements.
Regardless of how the rest of the investigation unfolds, though, Mueller’s admission that he will not be able to indict the President comes as a major political relief for Trump. Without the power to indict a sitting President, Mueller’s investigation is essentially dead in the water. While there are still scenarios where the report that Mueller submits to Congress could lead to Trump’s impeachment, these scenarios grow increasingly unlikely with every passing day.
Opponents of President Trump were once confident that the Mueller investigation would be the President’s downfall. Now, even the most optimistic of those opponents are forced to admit that the investigation has entered its death throes.
~ Freedom News Report