Writing on Twitter, actor George Takei said there is nothing more that mothers in America want on Mother's Day than a "sealed indictment of [President Donald] Trump from the FBI."
"What do many mothers want today? Simply love from their children, care from their partners, and a sealed indictment of Trump from the FBI," Takei wrote.
What do many mothers want today? Simply love from their children, care from their partners, and a sealed indictment of Trump from the FBI.— George Takei (@George Takei)1494804878.0
However, as one Twitter user quickly addressed, Takei's assertion that the FBI can indict Trump is not true.
"DOJ indicts, FBI presents a case and recommends prosecution," wrote Twitter user Lauri Love, whose tweet was the top reply on Takei's tweet.
@GeorgeTakei DOJ indicts, FBI presents a case and recommends prosecution :)
— 🏴 Lauri Love 🏴 (@laurilove) May 15, 2017
"You must be fun at parties," Takei shot back.
@laurilove You must be fun at parties.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 15, 2017
Indeed, the FBI does not have the legal authority to issue an indictment. Indictments are issued on the recommendation of a grand jury, which are convened by prosecutors to decide whether or not a criminal case has enough probable cause to charge a suspect with a crime. Grand juries, and the issuance of indictments, are typically reserved for serious felonies.
Takei's statement that Trump should be indicted likely refers to the liberal narrative that Trump's presidential campaign committed a crime last year by colluding with Russia to undermine American democracy — and Hillary Clinton's campaign — in order to win the White House, a victory that critics argue would benefit the interests of Trump and Russia.
However, despite the FBI confirming an investigation into the allegations, the claims have thus far proved to be unsubstantiated with concrete evidence, and it is also unclear what specific crimes might be charged even if collusion with the Russian government is proven. Still, in the wake of Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last week, Democrats are calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the case.
To that point, Takei later on Sunday posted a photo of former President Barack Obama that said he should be the special prosecutor who leads the FBI's investigation into Trump's campaign.
I hear his schedule has recently freed up... https://t.co/eM9VC5uoFW— George Takei (@George Takei)1494793982.0