Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has told President Donald Trump’s attorneys that it’s concluded it cannot indict a sitting president, according to Rudy Giuliani, one of the president’s personal attorneys.
Giuliani, in a text to the PBS NewsHour, said Mueller’s team told the president’s lawyers about their conclusion two weeks ago.
A White House official said Wednesday evening that they couldn’t confirm the comments, but that Mueller’s message to the president’s lawyers is consistent with “precedent” and with what former FBI Director James Comey told Mr. Trump last year. Mueller’s team declined a request for comment.
Giuliani first told CNN about Mueller’s conclusion regarding indicting a president.
“All they get to do is write a report,” Giuliani told CNN. “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
He went on to say “nobody’s ever going to indict a sitting president.”
“The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him,” Giuliani told CNN. “Now there was a little time in which there was some dispute about that, but they acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can’t violate the Justice Department rules.”
Trump has repeatedly called the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt.”