Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is on President Donald Trump’s legal team, said that special counsel Robert Mueller told the president’s legal team that he would not be indicting the president as part of his investigation.
Here’s what he said
According to Fox News, Giuliani told them that Mueller would follow the guidelines from the Department of Justice that say a sitting president cannot be indicted. Mueller reportedly made the admission to Trump’s legal team two weeks ago.
“This case is essentially over,” Giuliani said. “They’re just in denial.”
CNN reported that the guidelines have been in place since the Richard Nixon era, and have been reinforced during the Bill Clinton presidency.
However, after Mueller files his full investigation, he can make recommendations to the House of Representatives, which can vote for Articles of Impeachment against the president. Impeachment is considered a political process.
“All they get to do is write a report,” Giuliani said. “They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
Mueller has been investigating the interference in the 2016 election by the Russian government, as well as the alleged collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. Trump has continually denied any collusion, and has called the investigation a “witch hunt.”
Mueller has been able to file numerous indictments from his investigation, including Russian companies and individuals. Both Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, and Rick Gates, his deputy campaign chairman, have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with the investigation.