One Senior Democratic Senator is now saying that Congress is nearly ready to indict President Donald Trump.
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) was on air with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and said: “I do not at all subscribe to the [Office of Legal Counsel] theory that a president can’t be indicted,” Whitehouse told Cuomo. “I think that if there are crimes that he has committed he should be indicted.
“I think that the Office of Legal Counsel [OLC] and the Department of Justice bends over backward to take the most executive branch-friendly position that it possibly can,” he continued, “but I think a court taking a look at this would say, ‘No, no no, no, no.’”
The OLC claims that indicting a sitting president would be unconstitutional, as it would “undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.”
But Whitehouse points to “the Nixon precedents and others,” which he says do not support the notion that a president “not being answerable to the public in this way.”
The senator warned that an unanswerable president “would create a terrible situation—you’ve got a president who the public knows is the subject of criminal investigation, may very well be involved in criminal activity, and you don’t get a resolution of that question. You don’t get pressure on him to answer questions and get out—that doesn’t seem like an appropriate way to deal with it.”
When Cuomo asked if there was enough evidence against Trump to bring charges now, Whitehouse said: “I would want to know a lot more.”
“We are certainly in a mode, I believe, of moving toward indictment and charges of the president. But I do not believe, based on what I know―[special counsel Robert Mueller] may know more―that we’re at the stage of actually being able to make the charge.”