Durbin: I'll Stand By Mueller's Conclusion, Whether It Exonerates Trump Or Finds Him Guilty

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he would "stand by" special counsel Robert Mueller's decision, whether it exonerates President Trump or finds him guilty.

"I’m going to wait for Mueller’s conclusion, and I have a lot faith in him. I’ll stand by his conclusion whether it exonerates the president, or finds him guilty -- or at least accuses him being guilty of some misconduct," Durbin said Wednesday in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

CUOMO: So, let’s say that Mueller either doesn’t find the sufficiency, or doesn’t believe he can charge and indict a sitting president -- which seems to be the case. Do you believe that what you see as potential obstruction of justice is an impeachable office under the high crimes and misdemeanors nebulous standard?



DURBIN: Well, I’m going to wait for Mueller’s conclusion, and I have a lot faith in him. I’ll stand by his conclusion whether it exonerates the president, or finds him guilty -- or at least accuses him being guilty of some misconduct.

When it comes to the impeachment process, I can just tell you, I’ve been through that with President Clinton. This is a very high standard under our Constitution. I do not consider it lightly.

And should it go forward, I would be sitting on the jury in the United States Senate.

CUOMO: Isn’t that one of the best arguments in favor of wrapping this up? If Mueller doesn’t have really heavy duty ammunition against the president, and impeachment is largely a political numbers game -- why wouldn’t he wrap it up? If he doesn’t have something to actually indict and charge on, and impeachment is all but impossible because of the numbers in Congress right now -- where is the progress in all of this?

DURBIN: Chris, let me tell you I trust Robert Mueller. I’ve known him for 20 years. I have worked with him and headed the FBI.

He’s a consummate professional. He is handling this professionally. The reason he’s getting battered in the press by the president’s constant tweets calling it a witch hunt is because he believes that a good professional prosecutor doesn’t try his case in the press.

I’m going to give him the timetable he needs to complete this. This is a historic undertaking, I want it done right. When it’s all over, I want the American people to feel justice is being done.

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