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Report: Mueller Won't Indict Trump on Russia, Giuliani Says

Report: Mueller Won't Indict Trump on Russia, Giuliani Says
President Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:04 PM

Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that Russia special counsel Robert Mueller told President Donald Trump's legal team he would not indict a sitting president, CNN reported.

"They have to follow the Justice Department rules," Giuliani told CNN's Dana Bash.

The rule is in the U.S. Attorneys' Manual, an internal Department of Justice document, which generally recommends against naming unindicted co-conspirators — though doing so is not generally prohibited by law or policy.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon was named an unindicted co-conspirator in indictments from the Watergate investigation.

Nixon was not indicted because of concerns about whether the U.S. Constitution allowed for the indictment of a sitting president, according to news reports.

"The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him," Giuliani said.

"Now, there was a little time in which there was some dispute about that, but they acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules.

"We think it's bigger than that," the former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor said.

"We think it's a Constitutional rule, but I don't think you're ever going to confront that because nobody's ever going to indict a sitting president.

"So, what does that leave them with?" Giuliani asked. "That leaves them with writing a report."

The Russia investigation marks its first anniversary Thursday — and Mueller must file a status report with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in early July, according to news reports.

Giuliani also told Bash he intended to query Mueller probe to disclose how much money has been spent on the investigation.

He said he would also actively begin negotiations over the scope of any interview with the president.

"Do you really need an interview?" Giuliani said he intends to ask Mueller.

"You've got all the facts. You've got all the documents. You've got all the explanations.

"We're happy to tell you they're not going to change."

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Russia special counsel Robert Mueller told President Donald Trump's legal team he would not indict a sitting president, Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday, according to CNN.
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