Many Dems attempted to celebrate following a statement read by Rep. Ted Lieu in regards to indicting The President when Mueller inadvertently answered correct.
Any celebration was swiftly silenced after former Special Council Mueller returned for a second round of questioning with a separate committee headed by Adam Schiff.
“The reason that you did not indict the president is because of the OLC opinion that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?” Lieu asked, referring to Legal Counsel’s long-held position against charging a president while they are in office.
“Correct,” Mueller replied.
As Fox also noted, it gave the impression that if it were not for the OLC opinion, Mueller would have indicted the president. In the afternoon, Mueller was quick to say that is not what he was trying to say at all.
“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning,” Mueller said. “I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the President because of the OLC opinion. That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”
Mueller made it very clear that he did not intend to support Lieu’s implication that Mueller would have indicted Trump if not for the OLC opinion.