After special counsel Robert Mueller said he couldn’t criminally charge President Donald Trump while he holds the presidency due to a Department of Justice (DOJ) policy, former Rep. Trey Gowdy is sending a message to the president to waive his rights on being indicted by the DOJ.
Mueller told the press on Wednesday, “Charging the president with a crime was … not an option we could consider,” as IJR News reported.
In the special counsel’s final report, he didn’t conclude collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russia government, however, he did lay out ten instances of possible obstruction of justice — though on Wednesday he didn’t further charge or exonerate the president on obstruction, leaving it at, “the report is my testimony.”
Gowdy told Fox News on Wednesday that he suggests the president say the DOJ to “go ahead, indict me,” because it’ll be fairer than an investigation by House Democrats which would lead to a “state of chaos.”
“You can waive any right you have. You have the right to remain silent, but you can talk to the police if you want to. You have a right to a jury trial, but you can plead guilty if you want to. I’ll bet the president has a right to say, ‘Go ahead, indict me. If you have enough — the Supreme Court’s never said that I can’t be indicted. This is DOJ. I’m the head of DOJ. I run the executive branch. If you have enough to indict me, go ahead and do it.’ At least you’ll have some clarity.”
“I’d take my chances with 12 reasonable minded fellow citizens before I would the House Democrats,” the former Republican lawmaker added.
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“What you’re going to have now, for the next 14 months, is an impeachment investigation by folks who have already made up their mind,” Gowdy said.