By Martin Walsh May 15th, 2019, 10:01 EDT
When President Donald Trump leaves office, Democrats are hoping to have a plan in place to charge him.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler and his allies are trying to pass legislation to pause the statute of limitations while a president is in office, The Sun Sentinel reported.
The “No President Is Above the Law Act” is aimed directly at Trump and would give Democrats more power to potentially charge Trump when he leaves office.
Trump is shielded from facing criminal charges by a long-standing Justice Department policy, which states that a sitting president can’t be charged with a crime.
So, Democrats are now looking to take action when the president leaves office.
One effect of the policy is that a president who avoids prosecution while in office could escape prosecution altogether because the statute of limitations would have run out by the time the president is out of office. Most federal criminal offenses carry a five-year statute of limitations.
Under the legislation sponsored by Deutch, who represents Broward and Palm Beach counties; Jerry Nadler, the committee chairman from New York; and Eric Swalwell, a committee member from California, the statute of limitations would be paused for any federal offense committed by a sitting president — regardless of whether it was committed before or during the president’s term of office.
Looking beyond Democrats’ desperation, the Mueller report clearly states that there’s no evidence that Trump colluded or obstructed justice.
Attorney General William Barr has stated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
After a two year probe, Trump has not been charged with a single crime — but that’s not going to stop Democrats from showing zero respect for our nation’s institutions, longstanding legal principles, or elections that they don’t win.