I think it’s obvious Trump is a felon. If Michael Cohen committed felonies over Stormy Daniels/Karen McDougal, how is Trump not guilty too? Plus he could be guilty of other crimes depending on what Mueller and the Southern District of New York find.
I don’t want impeachment. It will fail in the Senate if the House brings charges. Do you really think 20 Republican Senators would vote for conviction no matter what the evidence is? I doubt it. Then Trump will say he is vindicated. The Clinton impeachment process certainly didn’t hurt his popularity.
There are different opinions on whether a sitting president can be indicted. If it has to wait, there are issues concerning the statute of limitations. I am posting tweets with links to articles by legal and political experts.
THREAD RE INDICTING PRESIDENT. Trump’s defenses to campaign finance vio crumbling rapidly, partic after AMI admission. I predict the only thing he has left is idea sitting President cant be indicted. This thread fleshes out aspects of that, expands on NYThttps://t.co/rbZqNUfu2o
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 12, 2018
Staying president greatly decreases Trump's chances of indictment https://t.co/cR13YluJHL
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) December 10, 2018
On @Lawrence tonight (MSNBC, ~ 10:15 PM), I’ll explain why the Constitution REQUIRES that a sitting president be subject to indictment, at least for crimes committed in the acquisition of his office, notwithstanding any DOJ policy or practice to the contrary. https://t.co/k25pcb3X6J
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 10, 2018
NEWS: Law enforcement officials tell NBC News that when it comes to the campaign finance felonies to which Cohen has already pled guilty, if it were not for Donald Trump being president, he almost certainly would have been indicted too. pic.twitter.com/p5l8TB2e96
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 10, 2018
Prosecutors have examined the statute of limitations on the campaign finance violations and believe charges could be brought against Trump if he is not re-elected. @npfandos @maggieNYT @nytmike https://t.co/pVo7aNodpP
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) December 9, 2018
.@AdamSchiff on the Russia Investigation: My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the justice department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time. pic.twitter.com/3kfwumFkh7
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 9, 2018
Incoming House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday "there's a very real prospect" the Justice Department may indict President Trump the day he leaves office. https://t.co/Hn9gJvDzMi
— Axios (@axios) December 9, 2018
No. I think it pretty clear the statute of limitations would be automatically tolled if trump asserted a presidential immunity defense. I went into some detail about this last night on @renato_mariotti podcast
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) December 9, 2018
Not just about deferring prison either, potentially – what if statute of limitations on indicted (or chargeable) crimes would run out during a second term? https://t.co/mMcU7V1WCI
— Brendan Nyhan (@BrendanNyhan) December 8, 2018
Quoted in @AP: Cohen sentencing memo does not indicate if POTUS had requisite mens rea to violate campaign finance law. Moreover, open question if hush money would would fall within scope of statute. Also SOL runs out in 2021 (unless tolled) https://t.co/axfYJUdrSw pic.twitter.com/787lHlue1B
— Josh Blackman (@JoshMBlackman) December 8, 2018
A terrific account of a situation similar to the scenario @walterdellinger posits, although without the immunity overlay—Spiro Agnew’s plea bargain and resignation—can be found here:https://t.co/a4wDBHGdFW https://t.co/v66zY1ctEQ
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 8, 2018
If it's true a sitting president can't be indited for anything while in office, it would mean a president could commit treason while in office & couldn't be prosecuted until it's too late. Or quit before he leaves office and make a deal for his VP to pardon him. That can't be.
— John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) December 8, 2018
I think now is a good time to repost this. https://t.co/Hgsj3qPq8r
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) December 8, 2018
This sounds great but tells us little about just how the House should proceed if there’s no way the Senate will convict. Should the consequences of acquittal be ignored? There are tough judgment calls to be made. Sound bite impeachment talk isn’t enough.https://t.co/RKuv7xcxuz
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) December 9, 2018
I can see DOJ indicting Trump after he leaves office, but if they believe he committed a crime, they can’t simply wait and assume he isn’t re-elected. Has to be some mechanism for accountability now or their “can’t indict a sitting president” opinion completely falls apart. https://t.co/vXp5BqurMP
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 9, 2018
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) December 9, 2018
Reminder: there is no law that says a President can’t be indicted. It is a Justice department memorandum advocated over the years by people who wanted to protect the President they were serving. It might be time to test this in court.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 8, 2018
Remember: If Trump is not re-elected, at noon on Jan 20, 2021 Air Force One turns into a pumpkin. And with it any supposed "immunity" from indictment expires as well leaving him fully subject to prosecution for any crimes for which the limitations period has not expired
— walter dellinger (@walterdellinger) December 8, 2018
Rep @JerryNadler is going to introduce a bill next year that prevents the limitation period getting expired after a president who has committed crimes leaves the office, so that he/she can still face prosecution. Because the president isn’t above the law, Nadler added on @MSNBC
— KeepThemHonest (@keepThonest) December 8, 2018