Robert Mueller Considers Charging Trump Was Not An Option – Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a public statement Wednesday refused to clear President Donald Trump of criminal wrongdoing, but said charging him with obstruction was “not an option”.
Robert Mueller Statement ‘Charging Trump Was Not An Option’:
“The report is my testimony,” Mueller said at the Justice Department in a 10-minute statement, “We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself.” He said. “I would not provide information beyond what is already public in any appearance before Congress,”
Mueller said, “a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office.” “That is unconstitutional,” Mueller said. “Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.”
“It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge,” Special counsel Robert Mueller said. “That was Justice Department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated.”
In his report and again Wednesday, Mueller framed that decision as being less about evidence than about the government’s rules for accusing the president of a crime.
“And from them, we concluded that we would, would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime,” Special counsel Robert Mueller said. “That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president.”
Trump tweeted after the statement that nothing had changed from Mueller’s report.
“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent,” Trump said. “The case is closed!”
Justice Department policy “clearly permits the investigation of a sitting president because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available,” Mueller said. “Among other things, the evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could now be charged.”
FBI director said, “Beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate to speak further or comment,” he said, “he was making this decision myself” and that nobody had tried to prevent him from appearing before Congress.
“Given that special counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so,” Nadler said. “No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.”
“Bob Mueller was essentially referring impeachment to the United States Congress,” said California Sen. Kamala Harris.
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“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat who previously had taken a far more cautious stand on impeachment.
Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 29, 2019
Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 29, 2019
Despite Department of Justice policy to the contrary, no one is above the law – not even the President. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/6m2Q6s9kEC
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 29, 2019
My takeaway from Mueller’s statement: Congress needs to bring finality to the Mueller report with an impeachment inquiry. More below. pic.twitter.com/R6oRcxIII3
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) May 29, 2019
“Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so.” https://t.co/7DnxwbppOh
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 29, 2019