Ratcliffe to Mueller: ‘Prosecutors Never, Ever Need to Conclusively Determine’ Presumption of Innocence
“Everyone is entitled to it, including sitting presidents.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) went after Robert Mueller over his conclusion that his team could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice:
Giving Mr. Mueller little chance to response, Mr. Ratcliffe said it was inappropriate for a prosecutor to try to exonerate someone. Pressing further, Mr. Ratcliffe asked Mr. Mueller if he could name another instance of the Justice Department stating that someone was not exonerated other than Mr. Trump
“I cannot,” Mr. Mueller said.
“Because there is a presumption of innocence, prosecutors never, ever need to conclusively determinate it,” Mr. Ratcliffe said, accusing Mr. Mueller of violating the standard operating procedure of prosecutors.
“Everyone is entitled to it, including sitting presidents,” Mr. Ratcliffe said. He also accused Mr. Mueller of not following the special-counsel regulations.
“Nowhere in here does it say write here in a report about decisions not reached,” he said, referring to Mr. Mueller’s declining to reach a determination whether or not Mr. Trump had commited obstruction of justice.
Rep. Ratcliffe asks Mueller if DOJ has any policy at all that allows an official to say an American who is not charged is "not exonerated," and whether anyone other than Donald Trump has been so tarred. Mueller is unable to name a policy or think of such an example.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 24, 2019
[email protected] is completely humiliating Robert Mueller and the Democrats on the question of presumption of innocence. The whole "did not exonerate" issue is complete garbage and Ratcliffe just blew it up. Disgrace that the House Judiciary Committee would even consider such trash
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) July 24, 2019
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