The end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign does not mean President Donald Trump is “out of legal jeopardy,” according to former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Bharara, who was fired by Trump from his position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, made his case on Sunday during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, The Hill reported.
“People shouldn’t be taking victory laps or jumping off bridges” because of the fact that Mueller’s probe concluded without the recommendation of more indictments, he said.
Bharara noted that the Southern District of New York, which continues several Trump-related investigations, “did not have the narrow mission that the special counsel had.”
“They’re aggressive and tough and independent and fair and apolitical, and if there’s things that they think are worth pursuing and charging, they will do so,” Bharara told host Dana Bash.
He said no further indictments from the special counsel’s office simply “means you’re not going to see an American charged in some form of conspiracy, otherwise known as collusion…to hack or interfere with the election in this investigation.”
CNN noted that Trump, his family and associates potentially face legal jeopardy from a slew of ongoing investigations — some begun within the special counsel’s office and handed off to other FBI offices and others stemming from the SDNY — ranging “from an expansive probe into the Trump inaugural committee, to various investigations relating to former top Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, to tips that stemmed from Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen's experience with Trump and his family's company.”
Attorney General William Barr noted as much in his letter to Congress over the weekend, writing, "During the course of his investigation, the Special Counsel also referred several matters to other offices for further action," adding that some of those matters are "ongoing."