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Nancy Pelosi: It’s Possible to Indict a Sitting President; ‘Open Discussion in Terms of Law’

Representative Nancy Pelosi sat with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday and provided a wide-ranging interview that aired Thursday morning on The TODAY Show. 

Ongoing negotiations with President Donald Trump over border wall funding and the government shut, and her Hawaiian vacation during said government shutdown came up for discussion, but it was the presumptive Speaker’s take on indicting a sitting president that will likely get the most play.

Guthrie asked Pelosi if she believes Special Counsel Robert Meller should “honor and observe the Department of Justice guidance that states a sitting president cannot be indicted?”

Pelosi replied that she did not think the guidelines to be definitive, saying “I do not think that that is conclusive. No, I do not.”

Guthrie followed up by asking “So you think it’s possible that Special Counsel Mueller could legally indict a sitting president?”

After hedging a bit on waiting to see what “Mueller does,” Pelosi resolved with “It’s not the law. Everything indicates that a president can be indicted after he is no longer president of the United States.”

Guthrie pressed “What about a sitting president?”

Pelosi said “Well, the sitting president when he’s no longer president of the United States,” then later clarified that if Mueller were to seek an indictment, she believes that’s “an open discussion in terms of the law.”

 

Watch the segment above courtesy of NBC.

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