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Warren: Let's Change Rules on Indicting Presidents

She says Justice Department should be allowed to act on a sitting president
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2019 4:03 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during a meet and greet, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Ottumwa, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – When Robert Mueller spoke publicly this week, he explained that "long-standing" policy of the Justice Department prohibits the indictment of a sitting president. On Friday, 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren said it's time to change that policy. In a post at Medium, she unveiled a plan to do just that, one that begins with passing a law that explicitly allows the Justice Department to indict the White House occupant. "Congress should make it clear that it wants the President to be held accountable for violating the law, just like everyone else," writes Warren. She added that she would appoint Justice Department officials willing to "reverse flawed policies so no President is shielded from criminal accountability." As the New York Times notes, Warren already had come out in favor of impeachment of Trump, and she doubled down on that Friday.

"Mueller's statement made clear what those of us who have read his report already knew: He’s referring Donald Trump for impeachment, and it's up to Congress to act," she writes. Meanwhile, Fox News notes that Warren appeared on the syndicated Breakfast Club radio show Friday and had to deal with an issue that won't seem to go away. "You're kind of like the original Rachel Dolezal," host "Charlamagne tha God" told her, referring to the controversy regarding Warren's past claims of Native American ancestry. Responded Warren: “I'm not a person of color, I'm not a citizen of a tribe. And I shouldn’t have done it.” (Warren and her fellow 2020 candidates have a long way to go to catch Joe Biden in the polls.)

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