Former President Jimmy Carter said on Sunday that he would prefer that President Trump not be impeached. He maintains this position even if special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation exposes wrongdoing on the part of the president.
On CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” the former president said he believes that the oversight of Congress and the Supreme Court is enough to adequately check Trump’s actions in the White House, and removing the president would not be necessary.
“But my own preference would be that he not be impeached, but that he be able to serve out his term, because I think he wants to do a good job,” he said. “And I’m willing to help him, if I can help him, and give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Carter also said that Mueller should be more forthcoming about where his investigation is and reveal whether he has evidence that Trump broke the law or not.
“I think Mueller’s been very successful in keeping his cards close to his vest and not revealing any plans,” Carter said. “But my wish is that Mr. Mueller would go ahead and make a decision, even if it’s not anything personally that President Trump has done to violate the law; then I think he ought to make that obvious.”
“And if he has violated the law, that ought to be revealed as well,” he added.
The focus of Mueller’s investigation is whether members of the Trump campaign team conspired with Russia to influence and disrupt the 2016 presidential election. It is also a focus to see if the president has tried to obstruct justice in the probe’s progress.
Trump has continually called the investigation a “witch hunt,” and has denied that he or anyone else on his campaign coordinated with the Russians to influence the election.
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Credit: The Hill