Attorneys in Russia probe believe Mueller could indict Trump: report

At least two attorneys representing figures involved in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s probe say they believe it’s possible that Mueller could indict President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE, Politico reported Friday.

The lawyers — one of whom represents a senior Trump administration official — told Politico that while they don’t know of any specific plans to bring charges against Trump, their experience with the law leads them to believe the president could be indicted for obstruction of justice.

One of the attorneys partly based his prediction based off his contacts with Mueller’s team.

“If I were a betting man, I’d bet against the president,” one of the lawyers told the publication.


The second lawyer, who represents the senior Trump official, said Mueller could indict Trump to show how serious his findings are, despite facing a tough legal standard to do so.

“It’s entirely possible that Mueller may go that route on the theory that, as an open question, it should be for the courts to decide,” the lawyer told Politico.

“Even if the indictment is dismissed, it puts maximum pressure on Congress to treat this with the independence and intellectual honesty that it will never, ever get,” the lawyer continued.

Still, many legal experts have doubted that Mueller will have the standing to bring charges against Trump, and such a move would likely create major constitutional questions.

Mueller has reportedly been seeking an interview with Trump in his probe. Trump said earlier this month that he would speak with the special counsel, but that he would leave the ultimate decision up to his attorneys.

One of Trump’s lawyers, John Dowd, said he would make the final decision on whether Trump would sit for an interview. However, CNN reported last week that Trump’s legal team is arguing that Mueller hasn't met the high bar needed to question Trump in the investigation.