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Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a sitting president: Giuliani

In this June 21, 2017 file photo, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. On Friday, May 11, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet that a federal judge has ruled that Muller overstepped his authority by bringing charges against Paul Manaofrt are untrue. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Rudy Giuliani, U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer, said special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed the president's legal team that they cannot indict an incumbent president, CNN reported on May 16.

Giuliani was quoted as saying, "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling."

Mueller and his team have been investigating allegations that Russia made efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election in 2016 in which Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. There have been allegations that some people in the Trump campaign had some collusive relationship with people and companies linked to the Kremlin.

According to CNN, the acknowledgement by Mueller's team is based on Justice Department guidelines, and not about any assessment of the evidence the special counsel has compiled. Mueller could still issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the US House of Representatives.

Mueller was appointed by the Justice Department in May 2017 to oversee the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the so-called "Russia-gate" case. He is leading a wide range of inquiries, including into the financial dealings of associates of President Trump, as well as whether Trump committed obstruction of justice in connection with the Russia probe.

(Mainichi)

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