CNN Legal Analyst Paul Callan: Trump May Already Have Been Indicted Under Seal


As pressure mounts on Donald Trump over the deepening hush-money scheme that has many expecting him to be indicted, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan is speculating that ship may already have sailed.

On Friday morning’s edition of CNN’s At This Hour with Kate Bolduan, Callan discussed the recent revelation that Trump was in the room with Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker when the hush money plot was hatched, and connected some dots.

“I have to tell you, the thing that surprised me the most about this three men in a room thing that we have heard about, putting David Pecker, the publisher of The National Enquirer” in the room, is that Pecker got full immunity from Mueller,” Callan pointed out, adding “Why does Pecker get full immunity when Cohen has to plead guilty, and everybody else has pleaded guilty?

“What it suggests to me is prosecutors in the Southern District think there is a criminal case against the president,” Callan continued. “And the chief witness in that case may very well be David Pecker. And I’ll add one other thing. If they even wanted to indict the president now, they could have done so and returned a sealed indictment. In fact, that’s something they may have to do because the statute of limitations will run out shortly after the end of the president’s first term in office.”

The statute of limitations on the crimes of which Trump is accused is five years, which would run out shortly after the end of his first term in office, or perhaps several months into his first term in prison, depending on how it all shakes out.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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