Appearing Tuesday night on CNN’sCuomo Primetime, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, informed host Christopher Cuomo that prosecutors are “approaching indictment and charges” against President Donald Trump.
Democrat Sen. @SenWhitehouse: “If there are criminal offenses that [Trump] has devoted, he must be indicted.” https://t.co/gMTmCFo5cM pic.twitter.com/T2AYVumL8J
— Cuomo Prime-time Show (@CuomoPrimeTime) January 16, 2019
A partial transcript is as follows:
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE:I believe that if there are criminal offenses that he [President Trump] has actually committed, he ought to be prosecuted. I do not at all subscribe to the OLC theory that a president can’t be indicted. I believe that the Office of Legal Counsel and Department of Justice bends over backward to take the most executive branch-friendly position that it possibly can. I believe a court having a look at this would say “no, no, no, no, no,” and if you take a look at the Nixon precedents and others, they do not align with a president not being answerable to the general public in this method. And it would develop a horrible scenario. You have a president, who the public understands is the topic of a criminal examination, might really well be included in criminal activity, and you do not get a resolution of that concern? You don’t get pressure on him to address concerns and go out? That doesn’t appear like an appropriate method to handle it.
CHRISTOPHER CUOMO:Based on what you know right now, do you believe you could bring a case against the president?
SEN.WHITEHOUSE:I would want to understand a lot more. I’m at the phase, based upon what I know, that I would be taking a seat with the agents and say “alright, we need to run down this, we need to run down that, we require to pin down some things prior to we go.” We are definitely in a mode, I think, of approaching an indictment and charges of the president, however I do not believe, based upon what I know — Mueller might know more — that we’re at the phase of actually being able to make the charge.