Former Attorney General Says Mueller Has Legal Authority To Indict Trump

Eric Holder confirmed his belief that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the authority to bring criminal charges against President Trump. 

Former Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed Wednesday that he believes that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the legal authority to indict and prosecute President Trump on obstruction of justice charges.

The confirmation by the former Attorney General comes as legal scholars have begun a public debate about whether the President of the United States can face criminal charges.

Holder said he disagrees with the notion that a sitting president can’t be indicted saying that the president is not above the law.

According to Politico, Holder said that his view “is based on a legal examination of the issue that was done when he was the deputy attorney general under Clinton.”

“If you’re a prosecutor, you make sure that you are building the best case. Not a technical case, but the best case, you know, that you can,” Holder noted.

“You know, the Comey firing. The outreaches to Coats and the other intel guys,” Holder continued.

“There are a variety of things that I can think of, technically” that could be used against the president in an obstruction case, Holder said, before adding of Mueller’s team: “Now, who knows what else they’ve got.”

Read the full report by Politico here.

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