Former special counsel Robert Mueller is facing questions from lawmakers about his report that investigated alleged collusion between the Trump administration and Russia during the 2016 US presidential election.
President Trump can be charged with obstruction of justice once he leaves the office.
The House Judiciary Committee asked Mueller
President Trump was not ‘totally exonerated’ in Russia probe and can be indicted after he leaves the office.
Mueller was asked about the findings of his two-year investigation during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
He faces a second hearing before the House Intelligence Committee later Wednesday.
According to the agency’s Office of Legal Counsel, a sitting president cannot be charged with a federal crime.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller noted that part of his decision to refrain from prosecuting President Donald Trump was attributed to a long-standing Justice Department policy.
Legal experts say the president can be prosecuted by the states, despite the OLC policy.
According to multiple legal experts;
There have been no Supreme Court cases that have settled the question of whether a sitting president can be indicted.
The former special counsel, who was answering questions about the probe for the first time since he took it over in May 2017.
Also testified that Trump could prosecute for potential crimes after he leaves the office.
A Department of Justice legal opinion, which Mueller followed during his probe, states that a sitting president cannot be indicted.