By Steve Neavling
Even if special counsel Robert Mueller finds criminal wrongdoing by Donald Trump, the president should not be impeached, said former President Jimmy Carter.
“You know, I have confidence in the American system of government,” Carter told CBS’ Sunday Morning. “I think ultimately the restraints on a president from the Congress and from the Supreme Court will be adequate to protect our nation, if he serves a full term.”
The 39th president said he believes Trump will serve his full term unless Mueller files charges against the president. But he added, Mueller should be more forthcoming if Trump is in legal trouble.
“I think Mueller’s been very successful in keeping his cards close to his vest and not revealing any plans. 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.”
Carter, a Democrat, offered to help Trump and said he believes the president wanted to “do a good job.”
“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. And I’m willing to help him, if I can help him, and give him the benefit of the doubt,” Carter said.