Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington University and he is not a conservative. Turley believes the lack of indictments from Mueller means it’s pretty darn likely that Trump is going to be vindicated on Russia.
He explained during a recent media appearance.
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air has details:
“You cannot collude alone. So if there is collusion here, one would expect that other people will be charged,” Turley said. “The policy is you can’t charge a sitting president, but that doesn’t apply to other people.”
That’s the crux of Turley’s conclusion, a point which a number of analysts have made over the last few months of the probe. It’s true that the DoJ has a policy against indicting a sitting president, but the lack of indictments for any other Trump-connected people alleging collusive or conspiratorial connections to Russia or even Wikileaks speak loudly.
Others would have to be charged with that conduct for it to exist at all, but all Mueller has produced are indictments over past conduct (Rick Gates and Paul Manafort), process crimes related to lying to investigators on other issues, and some show charges against Russians that will never see the inside of a courtroom — and which also do not allege any collusion with Trump or the campaign.
Watch the video below:
Jonathan Turley, CBS News legal analyst, joins us to discuss what is to come following the completed Mueller report. pic.twitter.com/9ZAMIg7y47
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Here’s what Turley recently wrote at The Hill:
If Mueller’s report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion
In just a couple hundred words, Attorney General Bill Barr officially ended the special counsel investigation and set the stage for the long-awaited findings of possible collusion with Russia. Pundits immediately took apart every clause and analyzed every tense to find some indication of the findings of Robert Mueller. In the end, of course, the letter to Congress was about as informative as a haiku highway sign. It merely states that the report has been submitted and that Barr has no disagreement with the special counsel’s actions or conclusions.
There is, however, one thing that stands out — a Zen-like question that contains a deeper answer, such as asking what sound does one hand clapping make. The question left in the wake of the Barr letter is: What does one-person collusion sound like?
The Justice Department has informed reporters that there will be no further indictments from the Special Counsel. Many people immediately insisted that does not mean anything, since the Justice Department has long maintained a policy that it should not indict a sitting president. However, it could mean a great deal.
Sounds right to us.