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Attorneys for Trump Associates: Mueller Could Indict the President

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By    |   Friday, 02 February 2018 07:38 AM

Two attorneys representing key Donald Trump associates say they consider it possible that special counsel Robert Mueller could end up indicting the president for obstruction of justice, Politico is reporting.

"If I were a betting man, I'd bet against the president," said one of the lawyers.

Neither attorney claimed to have inside information about Mueller's plans and based their comments on their understanding of the law, according to Politico.

But the website noted many legal experts maintain Mueller lacks the standing to bring charges against Trump.

Still, one of the lawyers, who represents a senior Trump official, said Mueller could try to indict the president even if the move brings challenges from Trump's attorneys.

"It's entirely possible that Mueller may go that route on the theory that, as an open question, it should be for the courts to decide," the attorney said. "Even if the indictment is dismissed, it puts maximum pressure on Congress to treat this with the independence and intellectual honesty that it will never, ever get."

Legal scholars told Politico there is no precedent for indicting a president and the case could likely end up in the Supreme Court. Two Justice Department legal opinions — one as recently as 2000 — say it is not a viable option.

The 2000 opinion found any indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting president "would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions," Politico noted.

And one legal expert maintained Mueller will never indict the president.

"If we know anything about Mueller, we think we know that he follows the rules — all of them," Paul Rosenzweig, who served as a senior counsel in the investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Rosenzweig's comments came in a column for The Atlantic.

"Mueller will not indict Trump for obstruction of justice or for any crime. Period. Full stop. End of story. Speculations to the contrary are just fantasy.

"The resolution of the current American crisis is going to be political, not criminal. The future lies with Congress and, ultimately, the electorate, not with prosecutors and the courts."

But Philip Lacovara, who served as counsel to Watergate special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski disagreed.

"May a sitting president be indicted for a federal crime?" he wrote in The Washington Post. "I believe the answer is yes."

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