A few minutes ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller made the statement House Democrats have eagerly awaited, even salivated over, but they will likely be disappointed in what he had to say.
According to the New York Times, Mueller said, “The report is my testimony,” referring to his investigators’ 448-page report, adding, “[T]here was not enough evidence to prove a criminal conspiracy with Russia’s interference and that he made no decision on possible obstruction of justice because of a Justice Department policy on not indicting sitting presidents.”
He also revealed that he is resigning from the Justice Department and closing the special counsel’s office effective immediately. If he had made that decision two years ago, he could have saved American taxpayers a bundle.
The Associated Press, via Yahoo News, was less succinct, writing:
Special counsel Robert Mueller (MUHL’-ur) says charging a president with a crime was “not an option” his team could consider in the Russia investigation.
Mueller says that he was bound by longstanding Justice Department opinions that say a president can’t be indicted while in office.
In his first public comments in the probe, Mueller said on Wednesday “it would be unfair” to potentially accuse someone of a crime when the person couldn’t stand trial to defend himself.
Mueller’s comments echoed the findings in his public report.
Perhaps as a pacifier to Democrats, who were hoping for more from the outset and have been frantic ever since the special counsel initiated revealed its findings, the AP threw them a bone.
Mueller’s report revealed that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the Republican president. Trump has called the investigation a “witch hunt.”
A video of Mueller’s remarks has been released and follows: