Kamala Harris says she would have ‘no choice’ but to pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump if elected president
President Donald Trump has been claiming that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation was a total vindication of him. But Mueller did not make a judgement one way or another when it came to obstruction of justice: he left it to Congress to evaluate the mountain of evidence provided in his report. And Sen. Kamala Harris, during a National Public Radio (NPR) interview on Wednesday, asserted that her Justice Department would have “no choice” but to pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump if she were elected president in 2020.
The Democratic California senator, a former state and city prosecutor, told NPR, “I believe that they would have no choice, and that they should. Yes. There has to be accountability.”
When Mueller spoke publicly for ten minutes on May 29 — ending his long period of silence during the Russia investigation — he noted that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a policy against indicting a sitting president. But if Trump were voted out of office in November 2020, he would cease to be a sitting president in January 2021.
During the NPR interview, the 54-year-old Harris explained that she has “seen prosecution of cases on much less evidence” than the descriptions of Trump’s behavior found in Mueller’s report. Harris told NPR, “I have read the Mueller report. I do believe that we should believe Bob Mueller when he tells us essentially that the only reason an indictment was not returned is because of a memo in the Department of Justice that suggests you cannot indict a sitting president.”
Harris has a long track record as a prosecutor. After serving as San Francisco district attorney from 2004-2011, the Oakland native went on to serve as California’s state attorney general from 2011-2017. And Harris was sworn in as a U.S. senator in January 2017.