Posted by Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
Mueller may have committed perjury; gives conflicting testimony regarding decision not to charge POTUS Trump
During testimony to Congress on May 1, Attorney General William Barr made it clear, under oath and, thus, under penalty of perjury, that former special counsel Robert Mueller did not decline to charge POTUS Donald Trump with “obstruction of justice” because current DoJ rules prohibit charging a sitting president.
Rather, Mueller noted that there was simply no evidence to support such a charge — a finding that Barr would later agree with.
During his May 1 testimony, Barr said that in a conversation with Mueller in March, the former special counsel told him on three occasions that the Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime had no impact at all on Mueller’s decision not to charge POTUS with obstruction.
“We were frankly surprised that they were not going to reach a decision on obstruction and we asked them a lot about the reasoning behind this. Mueller stated three times to us in that meeting, in response to our questioning, that he emphatically was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found obstruction,” Barr said.
Barr made a similar remark at the press conference he held prior to the public release of the redacted Mueller Report.
He told reporters, “We specifically asked him about the OLC opinion and whether or not he was taking a position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion. And he made it very clear several times that was not his position.”
But Wednesday morning, in testimony before a Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee, Mueller said just the opposite.
In response to a question from the very partisan Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), “The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president. Correct?”
“That is correct,” Mueller stated.
Most important moment of the Mueller testimony. @TedLieu: "The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president. Correct?"
Mueller: "That is correct." pic.twitter.com/ON9NdXbPhA
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 24, 2019
Both have given sworn statements. Both were giving testimony under oath and under penalty of perjury. Both have said verifiably different things.
So, we have a legal dilemma here if anyone wants to pursue it: One of these men is lying.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune