How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President

Andrew Weissmann, a member of the Mueller-probe legal team, talks to reporters in downtown Houston, October 2002. (Donna Carson/Reuters)
After Mueller, it is worth another look at its role in the report and its fallout.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T his is Part Two of a two-part series. In Part One, we took a look at the OLC guidance that bars the indictment of a sitting president. (The OLC is the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.) In particular, we looked at (a) how, in investigating President Trump for purported obstruction, special counsel Robert Mueller’s staff distorted the guidance into a prohibition against even considering whether an offense occurred; and (b) the futile hope of congressional Democrats, during Wednesday’s hearings, that Mueller would contradict his final report on this point.

In Part Two, we explore why Mueller’s staff of very able

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