Giuliani: Mueller Confirmed He Can't Indict Trump

He says special counsel will abide by DoJ guidelines
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2018 6:10 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2018 6:38 AM CDT
Giuilani: Mueller Says He Won't Indict Trump
Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters after speaking at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and democracy at the Grand Hyatt, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump may have some worries, but indictment by Robert Mueller's special investigation isn't one, according to Rudy Giuliani. The Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor says that the special counsel's team has told him that they have concluded, based on Justice Department guidelines going back to the Nixon era, that they can't indict a sitting president. "All they get to do is write a report," Giuliani tells CNN. "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us, after some battling, they acknowledged that to us." If the investigation does find evidence of criminal conduct, it still has the option of recommending impeachment to the House of Representatives in its report.

Giuliani tells the Washington Post that when he asked about a possible indictment, Mueller tried to be "coy" until an aide confirmed that Justice guidelines would be followed. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Mueller probe, and Giuliani says he wants the special counsel to disclose how much the investigation is spending. He says he also wants Mueller to conclude talks over a Trump interview—which he doubts is even necessary. "He's got everything," Giuliani says of Mueller. "Our position has changed a little bit in that we've gone through all of the documents now. They lay out a complete picture of what happened. If you don’t want to accept reality, then we’re walking into never-never land." (More Robert Mueller stories.)

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