A former US attorney for Alabama, Joyce Vance, said during on an MSBNC panel Wednesday that it’s possible for Trump to appear on indictments without being named.
“I think it’s likely that we will see the president as an unindicted co-conspirator. And what that means is that he won’t be named, he won’t be indicted, and Justice Department policy is not to include the name of a target that you don’t indict in a case — so that’s why his name won’t be used.”
Vance also said that it wouldn’t be difficult legal analysts to figure out that the “unindicted co-conspirator” mentioned is the president, if that happens. She reminded the panel that there is a long-standing policy within the Justice Department not to indict a sitting president, however, if Trump’s legal team refuse to cooperate with Mueller on a request for an interview, the special counsel could issue a subpoena for Trump’s testimony.
“There are many people who believe that Mueller will not buck that precedent … the consensus seems to be, among many people, that Mueller would be more likely to include all of this evidence in a report that would go up on the Hill that would form the body, potentially, of an impeachment proceeding.”
The MSNBC panel followed reports that Robert Mueller has agreed to place parameters around a potential interview with Donald Trump, including reportedly limiting the scope of some questions.
On August 2nd, Rudy Giuliani said that Trump’s legal team will decide within 10 days whether the interview with Mueller will happen.