The Department of Justice has argued that indicting Donald Trump would distract him from performing his presidential duties. But, a new bombshell report released on Friday by Berkeley, California attorney Alexander Stern revealed that the president may be under a sealed indictment without him even knowing.
According to Stern, “The Department of Justice says prosecuting a sitting president can impermissibly distract him. However, indictments under seal, remove this fear.”
If the DOJ is concerned that indicting a president would distract him, a sealed indictment takes those concerns away as the president won’t face any consequences until he leaves office.
“It just sets the process in motion formally. It empowers the courts to have authority over Mr.Trump, so that perhaps if Mr. Mueller is fired or otherwise leaves his post, the judicial branch will have jurisdiction and they are not beholden to Mr. Trump,” Stern told RawStory.
The University of Alabama School of Law’s Prof. Jenny Carroll, said:“One possibility would be that the indictment if sealed [could solve] the sol [statute of limitations] problem and the matter does [not] proceed until after the President leaves office.”
Stern went on to say that Trump’s case is quite unique as a sitting president has never been investigated to this extent before.
“No, absolutely not, on the flip side, we have never had a president like Donald Trump before,” Stern added.