One of the important discussions in 2018 and 2019 were the results of the Mueller probe. After Mueller had published his report, the government shared a redacted version with the public. The report kind of exonerated the Trump of any collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. The Americans were pretty worried about Trump getting help from the Russia in order to win elections in the America. After the redacted version of the report, the Americans were pretty satisfied and they showed confidence in their president.
Until later, when Mueller was interviewed he said that the sitting president could not be charged with anything. This gave rise to a new argument, the congress was also more than willing to get a hands on the detailed report so check if Trump had tried to tie the hands of Mueller to assure his safety as a president.
Mueller testifies before House Judiciary Committee
The special counsel Robert Mueller in an answer to the question asked by Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo replied that president could be charged with a crime after leaving office. Buck had asked Mueller about the practices of his office and their decision on not to charge president with the crime of obstruction of justice.
Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?
Buck questioned if Mueller could charge the president with a crime after he had left his office to which Mueller replied in a positive.
You could charge the President of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office.
Buck once again asked the same question and the answer of Mueller was in affirmative. Mueller was referring to OLC’s (Department Office of Legal Counsel) memo of 2000 which concluded that a sitting president was constitutionally immune from indictment and criminal prosecution. Mueller had previously cited the same memo in the past when he had to decide whether to charge the president or not with a crime.
The OLC opinion says that the prosecutor cannot bring a charge against a sitting president, nonetheless he can continue the investigation to see if there are any other persons who are drawn into the conspiracy.
Mueller didn’t make the calculation of Trump’s team getting involved in obstruction of justice because of the 2000 memo of OLC.