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Mueller report footnote: Trump could be vulnerable to criminal prosecution when his term is over

If you need another reason to vote (i.e., get the ocher arsehole out of office anon), here’s a good one, from page 390 of the Mueller report:

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Here’s the text version (emphases mine):

A possible remedy through impeachment for abuses of power would not substitute for potential criminal liability after a President leaves office. Impeachment would remove a President from office, but would not address the underlying culpability of the conduct or serve the usual purposes of the criminal law. Indeed, the Impeachment Judgment Clause recognizes that criminal law plays an independent role in addressing an official's conduct, distinct from the political remedy of impeachment. See U.S. CONST.ART.l, § 3, cl. 7. Impeachment is also a drastic and rarely invoked remedy, and Congress is not restricted to relying only on impeachment, rather than making criminal law applicable to a former President, as OLC has recognized. A Sitting President's Amenability to Indictment and Criminal Prosecution, 24 Op. O.L.C. at 255 (“Recognizing an immunity from prosecution for a sitting President would not preclude such prosecution once the President 's term is over or he is otherwise removed from office by resignation or impeachment.”).

So, yeah, there's that. (h/t Adam Klasfeld)

Enjoy your SchadenFriday.

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