- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rep. Eric Swalwell said Tuesday lawmakers are preparing legislation to extend the statute of limitations for sitting presidents, allowing charges to still be filed once their term ends.

The California Democrat told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” members of Congress have a bill “in the works” as the country prepares for the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“I don’t think any person should be above the law,” Mr. Swalwell said. “What concerns me is that right now the president may escape criminal liability because he could win reelection and the statute of limitations could run out.”

Current Justice Department policy prevents a sitting president from being indicted and there is a five-year statute of limitations in most federal cases, a deadline that could potentially affect a case involving Mr. Trump.

Mr. Swalwell said he believes “there are indictments waiting for this president,” and Mr. Mueller’s report will be released to the public once it’s finished.



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