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WATCH: Kenneth Starr Says: ‘I Think That, Plus First Principles, No Person Is Above the Law, Means That a President Can Be Indicted’

He let that one slip.
Ken Starr, Donald Trump

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Kenneth Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton, said sitting presidents should be indictable during what initially began as a defense of President Donald Trump.

“Do you think a sitting president can be indicted?” CNN New Day co-anchor John Berman asked Starr during an interview earlier today.

“Yes, and I disagree with the Justice Department’s guidelines but it is the historic position of the department,” Starr replied.

He added:

“I think that, plus first principles, no person is above the law, means that a president can be indicted. But that’s not the Justice Department policy, and Bob Mueller, as you know, is an officer of the Justice Department and is therefore required to follow that policy. He cannot indict.”

Starr’s comments came even as he claimed that the president likely did not obstruct justice even as host Joe Lockhart pointed out that the president fired former FBI Director James Comey and later claimed that he had the Russia investigation in mind when he ordered Comey’s termination.

“There may be in some narrow legal-eagle place where that is not obstruction of justice; to the rest of us it is obstruction of justice on the face of it,” Lockhart said.

“But [Trump] didn’t shut down the investigation,” Starr said.

“What else do you need to see this is obstruction? What else do you want to see as a prosecutor here?” Lockhart asked.”

Starr responded with the following:

“You need to see action that actually results in the investigation not being able to be carried forward. And Bob Mueller as we know has done a very thorough of carrying out the investigation…

I believe that is a very, very terrible intrusion into the authority of the president. Lets look for corruption, was there bribery or a sell out to a foreign power? And that sort of thing. But not just the exercise of his authority.”

Starr’s comments sparked significant discussion online as Congress––and the nation––waits for Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russia probe, to wrap up a report that many hope should provide definitive answers about the extent of President Trump’s involvement with Russian operatives who worked to subvert the democratic process during the 2016 presidential election. Many agreed that sitting presidents should be subject to criminal indictments.

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