Under Department of Justice rules, it is impermissible to indict a setting president. Because DOJ protocol dictates that it is unethical to accuse someone of criminal conduct unless you indict them, a sitting president cannot even be accused of criminal conduct, only investigated.
Although Mueller exonerates President Trump from engaging in criminal conspiracy, he does not exonerate Trump from obstruction of justice. In fact, Mueller reaches no conclussion as to Trump’s innocence or guilt on the obstruction charge. Instead, he carefully lays out the evidence in 10 separate instances where Trump may have engaged in obstruction.
This doesn’t mean that the POTUS is immune from the consequences of criminal conduct. The remedy isn’t within the domain of the DOJ, it belongs to Congress.
The House of Representatives has the power to investigate and impeach the president for high crimes and misdemeanors. If impeached, the Senate must hold a trial to determine guilt.
That is why Mueller reached no conclussion. It wasn’t his decision to make, nor was it Attorney General Barr’s. The Constitutional responsibility belongs to Congress. Every member of Congress needs an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report in order to carry out their Constitutional responsibility. It’s time for the DOJ to step aside and let a Congress do its job.
James Carr, Celina