Mueller says Trump not cleared but couldn’t be charged

Roberty Mueller says that criminal charges against Trump were never an option for his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But he says the investigation didn’t clear Trump and there were other ways to hold the president accountable.

Reuters:  Mueller says he could not charge Trump as Congress weighs impeachment

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on Wednesday his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was never going to end with criminal charges against President Donald Trump and indicated it was up to Congress to decide if it should impeach Trump.

In his first public comments since starting the investigation in May 2017, Mueller said Justice Department policy prevented him from bringing charges against a sitting president, telling reporters it was “not an option we would consider.”

But he also said his two-year investigation did not clear Trump of improper behavior and pointed out there were other ways to hold presidents accountable.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing,” Mueller said as he announced his resignation from the Justice Department.

Democrats in Congress are debating whether to try to move ahead with impeachment, even though the Republican-controlled Senate would be unlikely to convict the president and remove him from office.

The White House and several top Republicans responded to Mueller’s comments on Wednesday by saying it was time to move on to other matters, while several Democratic presidential candidates called for impeachment.

Matthew Jacobs, a former federal prosecutor, said he thought Mueller was “saying in his own way that a crime was committed.”

A source close to Trump said the Mueller statement amounted to a “bad day for the home team.”

“Mueller’s statement today was a direct assault on the president,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “And it will only empower the Democrats to be bolder and more aggressive in their move to impeach him.”

Mueller’s full statement is here.

Reuters: Trump says “nothing changes” after Mueller statement

U.S. President Donald Trump reacted swiftly to a statement by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on his Russia investigation on Wednesday, saying nothing had changed and “the case is closed!”

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent,” Trump wrote in a Twitter post. “The case is closed!”

Mueller, however, did not proclaim Trump’s innocence. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so,” Mueller said.

I doubt that the case is closed, politically at least.

 

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  1. Zedd

     /  30th May 2019

    MrT still petulantly yelling “I’m Totally innocent !!’.. sounds like everyone else knows its not quite true, but not worth making further efforts. Likely just thinking ‘roll on 2020’ (a chance to dump his A) ?

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    • Duker

       /  30th May 2019

      Like Al Capone, who was untouchable for all the crimes he was involved in, they went after him for his taxes.
      Trump should be very afraid once hes out of office

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      • Zedd

         /  30th May 2019

        Apparently after the Republicans tried to impeach Bill Clinton.. his popularity, went up in the polls ?! “i did not have sexual relations with that woman” (Ms Lewinski) 😀
        perhaps Nancy/the Dems are thinking ‘Is it worth, risking it ?’

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        • Pink David

           /  30th May 2019

          “i did not have sexual relations with that woman”

          That was Bill Clinton committing perjury now wasn’t it.

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          • Duker

             /  30th May 2019

            Trump’s lawyers wouldn’t agree to a face to face meeting with Mueller’s prosecutors like Clinton did.
            And they got away with it….openly acknowledging that Trump’s mouth would lead to multiple perjury counts

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  30th May 2019

              After Mueller no sensible political operator will ever expose themselves to perjury traps.

            • Pink David

               /  30th May 2019

              Smarter than Bill Clinton.

    • Pink David

       /  30th May 2019

      “MrT still petulantly yelling “I’m Totally innocent !”

      Under US law it is innocent until proved guilty. Trump is quite right to claim he is innocent.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  30th May 2019

    At the level of partisan scrutiny Mueller employed no-one could be found innocent. As is often said, an assiduous prosecutor in the US could indict a ham sandwich.

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    • Duker

       /  30th May 2019

      Really? Trump for one has made it his lifetime signature move…lawfare using every means possible.
      Pot kettle Trump

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