After special counsel Robert Mueller emphasized that charging President Donald Trump with a crime was never an option due to a Department of Justice policy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced that, if she’s elected president, she’ll do everything in her power to change that, according to The Hill.
Warren said that as president she would appoint officials to the Justice Department who would change policy to allow for a sitting president to be charged with a crime. She also said Congress should pass a law allowing a president to be charged.
“Congress should make it clear that Presidents can be indicted for criminal activity, including obstruction of justice,” Warren wrote in a post on Medium. “And when I’m President, I’ll appoint Justice Department officials who will reverse flawed policies so no President is shielded from criminal accountability.
“Donald Trump believes that he can violate the law, and he believes that the role of the Department of Justice is to help him get away with it. That’s not how our country is supposed to work,” Warren continued.
Warren, who has been in favor of impeaching Pres. Trump since the Mueller report was released, believed that Mueller was referring the president for impeachment in his less-than-10 minute statement earlier this week about his findings.
“Mueller’s statement made clear what those of us who have read his report already knew: He’s referring President Trump for impeachment, and it’s up to Congress to act,” Warren wrote.
Still, even after the statement, even Democrats are conflicted about whether to impeach. Their hesitancy contradicts daily public statements from Democrats who claim the president has or likely has committed impeachable offenses.
But, they also fear political backlash and they understand that their case isn’t nearly strong enough to convince a Republican-majority Senate to convict.