Special counsel Robert Mueller has acknowledged to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani that a sitting president can’t be indicted under current rules, meaning that the year-long Russia probe is unlikely to unseat Trump.
"The Justice Department memos going back to before Nixon say that you cannot indict a sitting president, you have to impeach him,” Giuliani told CNN on Wednesday. “They acknowledged to us orally that they understand that they can't violate the Justice Department rules.”
“So, what does that leave them with? That leaves them with writing a report,” said the former New York City mayor, who recently took over representing Trump in the special counsel probe. “They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling.”
Mueller’s team has declined to comment on Giuliani’s statements to CNN.
The news comes ahead of the anniversary of Mueller’s appointment as special counsel, which followed Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
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