A Democratic senator says he doesn’t believe a sitting president is protected from indictment ― and President Donald Trump could end up facing charges as a result.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday that he still needs to see more evidence.
But if it’s there, he said, Trump could face prosecution.
“I think that if there are crimes that he has committed he should be indicted,” the senator said. “I do not at all subscribe to the OLC theory that a president can’t be indicted.”
The OLC is the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which says indicting a president “would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.”
But Whitehouse, a former U.S. attorney and the former attorney general for Rhode Island, said he believes courts would rule otherwise.
Cuomo asked if there’s enough to bring a case against Trump now.
“I would want to know a lot more,” Whitehouse said, adding that he would sit with agents to “pin down” more details before moving forward:
See their full discussion here: