Although it appears likely that some sort of legal action will eventually be taken, if not against the President, then against those who worked within his campaign during the 2016 election, there has not been a whole lot of clarity as to what, if anything, the Special Counsel, House or Senate could do if they find the President himself broke laws.
As the whole Russia investigation churns on, if Robert Mueller finds that Donald Trump violated one or more law, could he actually be able to seek an indictment of the sitting U.S. President? There has never been such an action taken by the DOJ, therefore the law remains fuzzy, however this weekend, Ken Starr, who led the independent investigation against Bill Clinton in the 90’s, chimed in with his take on things.
“Everyone is equal under the law,” although the Justice Department has an informal policy that the sitting President can’t be indicted,” Starr said, suggesting that although there is an informal policy not to indict a sitting US President, it’s only informal and the Constitution would absolutely allow for such action.
That’s not all that Starr had to say regarding the current state of this investigation.
“Given what we do know, especially given what happened this summer with respect to the FBI’s intrusion into Paul Manafort’s condominium, in light of the revelations that we’ve seen about General Flynn, I have a sense that there will, in fact, be indictments,” Starr told CNN’s Michael Smerconish.
Starr’s opinion on this should be weighted quite heavily, as he not only investigated a sitting U.S. President, but he also recommended that President Clinton be impeached for perjury. You can be sure that Starr has done the legwork to understand the laws and what the Constitution says about charging a President with a crime while in office.
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