POLITICS
25/07/2019 3:32 AM AEST

Donald Trump Could Be Charged When He Leaves Office, Says Robert Mueller

The former special counsel of the Trump-Russia investigation agreed that the president could be charged with obstruction of justice.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller acknowledged Wednesday that President Donald Trump could feasibly be charged with obstruction of justice after he left office.

While being questioned by Representative Ken Buck during testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller agreed that authorities could charge the president with a crime.

“You could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” Buck asked.

“Yes,” Mueller responded.

Earlier, Mueller confirmed that his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election didn’t exonerate Trump, despite the president’s insistence that Mueller’s investigatory report cleared him of obstructing justice in the probe.

Mueller wrote in the report that he personally couldn’t make the call on whether the president committed a crime during the investigation. Instead, he cited an Office of Legal Counsel opinion saying a sitting president couldn’t be indicted. His testimony on Wednesday makes it clear that that opinion doesn’t hold once the president leaves office.