Teri Kanefield+ Your Authors @Teri_Kanefield Author, lawyer (UC Berkeley) My threads are here: terikanefield-blog.com/ NBC News Opinion contributor Impeachment notes: impeachment-trump.com/ May. 29, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors


Dear Brit,

Did you listen to Mueller’s talk this morning?

Mueller explained WHY he was authorized to investigate whether the president obstructed justice even though he could not charge the president with a crime.

If you missed it (or didn't understand) I'll help you out.

2/ Click on this recording, and skip to the 6 minute mark.

This is where Mueller explains that DOJ regulations specifically permit the investigation of a sitting president because it is important to preserve evidence . . .

3/ . . . while evidence is fresh and documents are available. Among other things, that evidence can be used if there are co-conspirators who could be charged now.

In addition . . .

4/ Mueller explains that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.

Let me explain what that means, Brit.

5/ The DOJ can INVESTIGATE, but giving the DOJ the power to DECIDE whether to charge a president means that the president (who oversees the DOJ) can appoint the people who decide whether to charge him.

Under the Constitution, that power resides in Congress.

6/ This thread explains why Congress and not the DOJ should decide whether the president committed a crime:

Let me know if you have any other questions, Brit. I hope this was helpful.


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