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Mueller Says Trump Can Be Charged With Crime After Leaving Office

Robert Mueller is back in the headlines today, and he's dropped a bombshell.

Let's take a look at what the former special counsel said — and what the implications could be for President Donald Trump.

The Mueller report is a big deal.


Mueller, who served as director of the FBI from 2001 to 2013, was selected by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein back in May of 2017 to oversee the investigation in President Trump.

It was in-depth.


The report sought to investigated allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller operated a tight ship and there were very few if any leaks while his team investigated the allegations.

Everyone held their breath.

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For the president's supporter's, the report symbolized an effort to take down Trump.

For the president's detractors, it offered hope that Trump would be held accountable, and maybe even removed from office.

Mueller took his time.

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Nearly two years after he was first elected to oversee the investigation, on March 22, 2019, Mueller submitted the completed report to Attorney General William Barr.

A redacted version was later released to the public.

In some ways, the report was underwhelming.

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Attorney General Barr said,

"The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election."

Mueller hedged his bets.

He didn't clear the president of any wrongdoing, saying,

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." As we'll see, this wasn't the end of it.

Lawmakers want to know more.

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Mueller was scheduled to testify before two House committees so lawmakers would have a chance to ask questions about the report.

Democrats are reportedly interested in drawing out the details of the report, as they believe most Americans haven't read it.

Would Mueller recommend charges against a sitting president?


He's been pretty clear that he wouldn't. But that doesn't mean that no charges will ever be laid.

In fact, during his testimony, the reserved Mueller dropped somewhat of a bombshell.

What about a former president?

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Depending on the results of the 2020 election, Donald Trump could be out of office in less than a year and a half.

And if Mueller is true to his word, Trump could wind up in some hot water.

Here's the pertinent exchange.

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Mueller definitively said (twice!) that he could absolutely charge Trump with a crime after he left office.

That's big news coming from the man who headed the investigation into Trump's alleged misdeeds.

What, exactly, could the charges be?


Rep. Ted Lieu laid it out, and Mueller confirmed it:

Trump tried to get Mueller fired, then tried to cover it up, then tried to limit the scope of the investigation. "All three elements of the crime of obstruction of justice have been met," Lieu concluded.

It's big news.

Mueller has kept a poker face throughout, and after, his investigation.

Now, he's made it crystal clear what kind of repercussions Donald Trump could face after his presidency has concluded.

What do you think?

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We probably haven't seen a sitting president in hot water like this since Bill Clinton.

Let us know your thoughts on these developments in the comments!

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