There’s some uncertainty as to whether President Donald Trump can be indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russia, and Stephen Colbert had some pointed questions to ask a very special guest: Hillary Clinton, who appeared on Friday’s edition of Global‘s “The Late Show”.
While the Constitutional legality of a sitting president being indicted while in office continues to be the subject of political debate, Colbert wanted to get the take of the former presidential candidate, Obama administration Secretary of State and two-term First Lady.
“Do you think the president can be the subject of a criminal investigation?” Colbert asked.
“Absolutely,” declared Clinton.
“Can he be indicted?” the host asked in a followup, prompting a discussion about whether the alleged crimes took place before or after the president got into office.
After a bit of confusion, Clinton clarified that “if you’re not president and you committed a crime, you should be able to be indicted.”
But Colbert wanted more — her assurance that Trump could also be indicted for crimes committed while in office,
While admitting that question is a bit more complicated, she noted that the U.S. Constitution “has a specific remedy” for that, “which is impeachment.”
Still, Colbert needed more, and asked if a sitting president could be subpoenaed in a criminal investigation.
“Yes — the Supreme Court has decided that,” she answers matter-of-factly.
“OK — you don’t have to yell,” Colbert responds jokingly.
During her visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater, Clinton also discussed the controversial Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court appointment hearings, and why she never needed to steal anything from President Obama’s desk.