Tulsi Gabbard: Trump indictment might have 'led to civil war'

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNew Quinnipiac poll finds Biden leading in New Hampshire Gabbard lawyers demand retraction of Clinton's 'defamation' Krystal Ball praises former McConnell aide's historic win in Kentucky MORE (D-Hawaii), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said late Monday that an indictment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE could have eventually “led to civil war.” 

“If [Trump] had been indicted for conspiring with Russia to interfere with and affect the outcome of our elections, it would have precipitated a terribly divisive crisis that could have even led to civil war,” Gabbard said in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Gabbard also said that while she “strongly supported” Mueller being allowed to complete the probe, “[n]ow that Mueller has found no collusion took place, we need to set aside our partisan interests and recognize that finding the president of the United States not guilty of conspiring with a foreign power to interfere with our elections is a good thing for America.”

Gabbard also called on Congress to safeguard against further election interference by supporting the Securing America’s Elections Act, a bill she sponsored that would allow every state to use paper ballots, “making it impossible for Russia or anyone else to change our election results.”

After the release Sunday of Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani considers launching impeachment podcast The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week Impeachment tests Barr-Trump relationship MORE’s summary of Mueller’s findings, Gabbard joined other Democratic candidates in calling for the release of Mueller’s full report.

Barr told Congress Mueller's team did not find that there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, but could not "exonerate" on obstruction of justice.