Ex-federal prosecutor: I could draft indictment against Trump based on what’s publicly known

Former federal prosector Gene Rossi said late Tuesday that there is enough evidence to draft two indictments against President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE.

Rossi during a discussion with MSNBC host Ari Melber outlined the charges he said he could bring against Trump.

“I could draft an indictment against the president of the United States on two counts. One would be his relationship with Michael Cohen on the election fraud,” Rossi said. “And number two, I could draft a scheme in an attempt to obstruct justice against the president right now."

 

 

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump attempted to direct the Department of Justice to prosecute 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden is the least electable candidate — here's why Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president MORE.

Trump’s legal counsel, however, convinced him that doing so would be a bad idea and could risk impeachment.

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Trump also submitted his written answers to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE’s questions on Tuesday, his lawyers said. Trump's personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said the answers cover "issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry."

Rossi on MSNBC said Mueller has the legal "authority" to bring indictments against the president.

"Robert Mueller has the jurisdiction and the authority, unless [acting Attorney General] Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ MORE puts a quench over it, he has the authority to go into that. Because it’s the heart and soul and the gestalt of what Robert Mueller’s looking at. Absolutely,” he said.

Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer,” Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty in August to violating campaign finance laws. The charges were connected to payments he made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in an attempt to silence their allegations of affairs with Trump before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen implied in court that he did so at the direction of Trump in order to help his campaign.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the claims and says Cohen lied to “get a deal” with prosecutors.