Democratic congressman who asked previous special counselor Robert Mueller if Justice Department direction prevented him from prosecuting Trump in his report says he supposes Mueller strolled back his underlying reaction since it added up to naming Trump “a felon in the White House.”
California Rep. Ted Lieu had inquired as to whether the Office of Legal Counsel direction against arraigning a sitting president was the reason he didn’t prosecute Trump.
Mueller said that was “right” from the outset. He later added, “As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”
Showing up on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Lieu said that he trusts Mueller’s underlying answer is “the thing that he really accepts.”
“I believe he fully understood my question. It was a logical extension of me getting him to establish the three elements of obstruction of justice were met and I think it’s what he actually believes. I think he may have walked it back because he understood that what that means is we got a felon in the White House and that’s what the hearing showed today, that Donald Trump committed multiple acts of obstruction of justice.” Lieu told Cooper.
“Those are felonies. What the American people and Congress choose to do with that information we’ll see in the next few days and weeks.” he added.
Mueller showed up before the House Judiciary and Intelligence boards of trustees Wednesday to talk about the report he discharged in April on Russian impedance in the 2016 decision.
Mueller’s underlying reaction to Lieu negated what Justice Department authorities have said were the appropriate responses from the uncommon direction group during a March 5 meeting that included Mueller and his top lieutenants alongside Attorney General William Barr, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and different authorities.
In spite of Mueller’s declaration straying little from his composed report, Lieu set the broadcast hearings would move open opinion against Trump and, subsequently, help bring forth an impeachment request from Congress.
“If anyone watching these two hearings who had not read the Mueller report or learned about the issues, they would have been surprised today because special counsel Robert Mueller directly contradicts Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr,” he said.
Inside Justice Department policies express that a sitting president can’t be arraigned. The approach originates from the Office of Legal Counsel, and it dates back to the Nixon administration.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) July 24, 2019