Ever since the Mueller Report was released, Americans have been divided on whether the President of the United States committed a crime. Depending on which side of the aisle you ask, you’ll get a different response. Mueller has been silent since he released the report, but in an apparent effort to minimize the confusion, he decided to speak publicly for the first time.
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Muller appeared from the Justice Department Wednesday morning in an impromptu press conference where he announced he has opted to resign as Special Counsel and close his office. During the press conference, Mueller addressed the topic of President Trump and explained that he did not have the option to charge the president with a crime.
“Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” Mueller explained, adding that “it would be unfair to accuse someone of a crime when there could be no court resolution of the charge.” This was in reference to the Justice Department’s policy of not charging sitting presidents.
The 74-year-old Mueller added: “We concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office’s final position.”
One thing Mueller did seem to reinforce is that there is a misconception that the report found that Trump did not commit a crime such as obstruction. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said. “We did not determine whether the president did commit a crime.”
The press conference sent many Democrats into a frenzy, especially House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., who claimed an investigation is imminent, NPR reported.
“Given that Special Counsel Robert 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 in a statement. “No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.”
Other Democrats and presidential hopefuls have expressed their desire to start the impeachment process, but it’s highly doubtful anything will come of it. Mueller expressed that he did not want to testify in front of Congress, reiterating that the statements he would respond to orally are already written in his report, Fox News reported.
In response, President Trump tweeted: “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.”