Weld: 'I would have pursued an indictment' of Trump if I were attorney general

Weld: 'I would have pursued an indictment' of Trump if I were attorney general
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldUN International Anticorruption Day highlights democracy as a human right The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing Georgia GOP submits only Trump's name for primary MORE (R), who has announced a primary challenge to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE, said Wednesday that he would have sought to indict Trump if he were in Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks judge to reduce sentence MORE’s place.

“AG Barr has erred in both his opinion that the President could not be indicted and in his clear attempt to frame a narrative that favors and protects the President,” Weld tweeted as Barr testified before the Senate Wednesday morning. “Given the evidence laid out by [special counsel Robert] Mueller, had I been in his place, I would have pursued an indictment of the President of the United States for obstruction of Justice.”


The tweet came after Weld had issued a statement earlier on Wednesday saying Mueller's report "clearly laid out the case for multiple occasions of obstruction of justice by the president."


Barr last month issued a four-page summary of Mueller's report days after the Department of Justice (DOJ) received it, making the determination not to pursue an obstruction of justice case against President Trump.

But Mueller wrote a letter to Barr objecting to how the attorney general had described the investigation's conclusions, according to media reports on Tuesday.

The DOJ released a redacted version of the full report earlier this month, in which Mueller had laid out ten instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice, though the special counsel said it could not determine whether obstruction had taken place.

Weld, the Libertarian Party’s 2016 vice presidential nominee, has previously said Trump has “lost the capacity to govern” and suggested the country would be “much better off” if he were to resign and leave Vice President Pence as president.

Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.