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

Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard knocks Clinton's jab at Sanders: 'This isn't high school' The data is clear: A woman could win in 2020 'I Like Bernie' hashtag trends after Clinton criticizes Sanders MORE (D-Hawaii), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said late Monday that an indictment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay 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 BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Barr wrote 2018 memo contradicting Trump's claim that abuse of power is not impeachable Brent Budowsky: McConnell, Roberts and Trump on trial 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.