Political analyst explains that if Mueller could have charged Trump -- he would have
Robert Mueller testifies before Congress (screengrab)

On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference in which he reiterated the conclusions of his report, finding that President Donald Trump could not be cleared of obstruction. He also emphasized that there had been multiple serious attempts to interfere in the U.S. election, a fact that should concern all Americans.


On CNN Wednesday, political analyst Gloria Borger highlighted the significance of Mueller's statement, pointing out that he explicitly refused to exonerate the president on obstruction. Yet, he couldn't charge him with a crime because he was tied by Justice Department policy that a sitting president can't be indicted.

"Robert Mueller's a company man," Borger said. "And first, what he did was, he said what he had said to the president's attorneys privately, more than a year ago, which is, I'm not going to take on this long-standing Department of Justice policy, which says I can't indict a sitting president and charging the president with a crime was never anything we could consider," Borger explained.

"Then he went to the next point, which was, therefore, they didn't do it. But if you read between the lines, he made it completely clear that if they could have done it, they would have done it, because they couldn't clear him."

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