Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren unveiled a plan Friday to allow the Department of Justice to indict a sitting president.

Why it matters: The proposal would reverse a policy that Robert Mueller said would have prevented him from bringing charges as part of his investigation of President Trump.

The plan includes:

  • Appointing an attorney general who will uphold what Warren cited as the "rule of law."
  • Appointing an Attorney general who will uphold what Warren cited as the "rule of law."
  • Appointing an Assistant Attorney General to lead the Office of Legal Counsel who will reverse an opinion saying the president cannot be indicted.
  • Calling for legislation making it clear that DOJ can indict a sitting president.
  • Updating obstruction of justice statues to allow for indictment "when the President abuses the powers of the office."

Context: In his first on-camera statement since being appointed special counsel, Mueller said Wednesday that "long-standing" DOJ policy would have prohibited the Department from indicting Trump. Warren is seeking to change that.

"If Donald Trump were anyone other than the President of the United States right now, he would be in handcuffs and indicted. Robert Mueller said as much in his report, and he said it again on Wednesday."
— Warren in a Medium post Friday

Of note: Warren also used the announcement as a chance to double down on calls to impeach Trump, stating that she believes Mueller's report "made clear what those of us who have read his report already knew: He's referring President Trump for impeachment, and it's up to Congress to act."

Go deeper

Updated 59 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court clears way for first federal execution since 2003

Lethal injection facility in San Quentin, California. Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images

The Supreme Court ruled early Tuesday that federal executions can resume, reversing a lower court decision and paving the way for the first lethal injection since 2003 to take place at a federal prison in Indiana, AP reports.

The big picture: A lower court had delayed the execution, saying inmates had provided evidence the government's plan to carry out executions using lethal injections "poses an unconstitutionally significant risk of serious pain."

2 hours ago - Health

More Republicans say they're wearing masks

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Nearly two-thirds of Americans — and a noticeably increasing number of Republicans — say they’re wearing a face mask whenever they leave the house, according to the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: A weakening partisan divide over masks, and a broad-based increase in the number of people wearing them, would be a welcome development as most of the country tries to beat back a rapidly growing outbreak.

Buildings are getting tested for coronavirus, too

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Testing buildings — not just people — could be an important way to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Why it matters: People won't feel safe returning to schools, offices, bars and restaurants unless they can be assured they won't be infected by coronavirus particles lingering in the air — or being pumped through the buildings' air ducts. One day, even office furniture lined with plants could be used to clean air in cubicles.