A senator sitting on the judiciary committee says he believes that the federal government & charges plagues & charges & # 39; against the president, although agents are not about to be able to make a specific accusation.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said Tuesday night at CNN & # 39; s & # 39; Cuomo Prime Time & # 39; that he disagrees with a previous opinion of the Ministry of Justice that a sitting president can not be charged and thinks that the question should be brought to justice.
It is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, & # 39; he said about the possibility of filing a complaint, & & # 39; and the statement that you do not sue a current president is never tested.
The subject emerged during an audition session on Tuesday for Donald Trump's attorney, William Barr.
Barr said he had not looked at the 40-year-old Office of Legal Counsel, OLC, for quite some time before revealing his belief that the status quo should be maintained while being questioned by a Democratic Senator in the Judiciary Committee.
& # 39; But I see no reason to change them, & # 39; he added.
Whitehouse told Chris Cuomo that he is of a different opinion that Barr about the ability of DOJ, and by extension a special counselor Robert Mueller, to sue a current manager.
I think that if there are crimes that he has committed, that he must be sued, & # 39; said Whitehouse. I do not subscribe to the OLC theory at all that a president can not be sued. & # 39;
He said that a court is the best place for the debate, and that is not the case, because nobody dared to test the legal opinion.
So we have to find ways to try to get that question to court so that it can be determined where legal questions are being determined in the United States of America, and that is in court and not in the higher offices of the court. . Ministry of Justice, & # 39; said the Democrat of Rhode Island.
Whitehouse said that the DOJ and its legal adviser's office is afraid to take on the most comprehensive, branch-friendly position that it is possible to do & # 39; in prosecution.
"But I think a court that would view this would say" No, no, no "," he judged.
He said the precedent that the crimes of former President Richard Nixon had made, and other examples: "They do not join a president who is not accountable in this way to the public."
The inability to properly interrogate a president accused of crimes would create a terrible situation & # 39; with & # 39; no resolution & # 39; and "no pressure to answer the accusations", he argued.
That does not mean that DOJ has developed a case against Trump, but Whitehouse suggested that Mueller and his team work to that end.
& # 39; I would like to know much more, & # 39; Whitehouse told Cuomo about the evidence. I am at the stage, based on what I know, that I would sit down with the agents and say: & # 39; Okay, we have to finish this, we have to do that. We need to capture a few things before we go. "
"We are certainly in a mode, in my opinion, in the direction of accusations and allegations of the president, but I do not believe that based on what I know, Mueller knows more, that we are at the stage that we are actually be able to handle the cargo. & # 39;
Barr's nomination hearing on Capitol Hill, which lasted all Tuesday, was strongly focused on his views regarding the special council round of Russian election fatigue.
Trump pushed his first Attorney General to recapture the DOJ investigation culminating in the Mueller probe that has cast a shadow over the first two years of his government.
Barr told senators that he would resist Mueller, including the president, unless there were good reasons for doing so. He revealed that he and Mueller, a former FBI director, are family friends, a fact that he said Trump knows.
Asked if he would dismiss the special counsel – or if he would change the regulations of the Ministry of Justice and then dismiss him if the president asks him for it without good reason, Barr answered: "I would not execute that instruction. . & # 39;
& # 39; I do not believe that mr. Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt, & # 39; said Barr interrogating Democrats about the use of the term by Trump to describe the Russian probe.
He revealed that he met President Trump in June 2017 when the president wanted to expand his legal team and then told him how well he knew Mueller.
& # 39; I said that Bob is a straight shooter and should be treated as such, & # 39; Barr said to the president.
The confirmation hearing of William Barr to return to the head of the Ministry of Justice was the harsh grilling of Democrats about his views on the Robert Mueller probe
Sworn: William Barr takes the oath at the start of his confirmation hearing
The remarks were put down under multiple markers of independence Barr during the hearing, where he also praised dismissal Percent Gen. Jeff Sessions & # 39; s to recruit the Russian probe and praised Deputy Attorney Gen. Rod Rosenstein, another favorite target of the president.
He also offered explanations for the unsolicited memo that he sent to Rosenstein, in which he argued that Mueller's probe is lethally misguided & # 39; was by examining whether the president might obstruct the judge.
Barr also refused to give Democrats pledges which they had repeatedly pursued and which he would leave to ethical professionals if they advised him to reuse himself from the Mueller probe.
& # 39; I do not pass that responsibility. I will not give it away, "he said.
In other cases, Barr told legislators that he did not bullish the high-level job he had before, but # 39; and that he explicitly mentioned several cases of interference in prosecution that would be inappropriate or illegal.