Clinton says Trump would 'have been indicted' if he weren't president

Clinton says Trump would 'have been indicted' if he weren't president
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrat Dana Balter to face Rep. John Katko in NY House rematch GOP lawmaker: Don't believe polls showing Trump behind Biden Kyle Van De Water wins New York GOP primary to challenge Rep. Antonio Delgado MORE on Tuesday suggested that President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE would have been indicted for obstruction of justice as a result of special counsel's Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) 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 if he weren't in the White House. 

"I think there’s enough there that any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted," Clinton said while speaking at the Time 100 Summit, citing the "the rule in the Justice Department that you can’t indict a sitting president."

"The whole matter of obstruction was very directly sent to the Congress," Clinton added. "And if you read that part of the report, it could not be clearer."

Clinton's comments mark the first time she's weighed in on Mueller's report on his investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference, which the Justice Department released last week. 

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Mueller did not uncover evidence to conclude that the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow. But the 400-plus-page report noted that Mueller could not “conclusively determine” that no criminal conduct occurred in regard to obstruction of justice.

It also added that Congress has authority to conduct its own probe into the obstruction of justice matter. 

"With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has the authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice," Mueller wrote. 

Multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenProgressive Mondaire Jones wins NY primary to replace Nita Lowey Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel Biden campaign announces second round of staff hires in Arizona MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (Calif.), responded to the report's findings by calling for impeachment proceedings. 

When asked about impeaching Trump, Clinton said that it should "be something undertaken in a really serious, diligent way, based on evidence." But she added that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS praises British ban on China's Huawei after pressure campaign Voter fraud charges filed against GOP Rep. Steve Watkins Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel MORE (D-Calif.) is "right to be cautious" about taking steps toward impeachment.