WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Hillary Clinton remarked on Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation report would have caused President Trump’s indictment if he weren’t president.
- Mueller’s report did not have conclusive evidence to prove a collusion, but it advised Congress to investigate further into the matter of obstruction of justice.
- As the report’s findings brought about multiple calls for impeachment, Clinton advised caution and diligence in producing evidence before moving forward.
Hillary Clinton, former Democratic presidential nominee, suggested on Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation would have resulted in President Trump’s indictment for obstruction of justice if he weren’t president.
At the Time 100 Summit, Clinton commented on the report, “I think there’s enough there that any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted.” She then cited “the rule in the Justice Department that you can’t indict a sitting president.”
She continued, “The whole matter of obstruction was very directly sent to the Congress. And if you read that part of the report, it could not be clearer.”
This is the first time that Clinton remarked on the results of Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference. The 400-plus-page report was released last week by the Justice Department.
While there was no conclusive evidence to prove a collusion with Moscow, Mueller noted that there was also no conclusive proof that no criminal conduct occurred relating to obstruction of justice.
The report also reminded Congress of its authority to conduct its own investigation into the matter of obstruction of justice.
Mueller wrote, “With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has the authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.”
The report’s findings brought about multiple calls for impeachment proceedings, most notably by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kamala Harris (CA).
Clinton advised that calling for impeachment should “be something undertaken in a really serious, diligent way, based on evidence.” She remarked that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is “right to be cautious” when it comes to taking steps toward impeachment.