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Mueller says charging Trump was never an option for Russian Federation probe

Mueller says charging Trump was never an option for Russian Federation probe

Mr. Mueller's statement that his office could have exonerated Donald Trump but did not is nothing short of an alarm bell above the door of our republic.

He said "the work speaks for itself", and that "the report is my testimony" ー an indication that he has no desire to testify publicly in front of Congress.

Mueller on Wednesday revealed that he won't be making any further remarks - to Congress or otherwise - on the matter as he will be resigning from his post at the Department Of Justice.

Mueller said Wednesday that if he had concluded there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction, he would have said so (as he did with collusion).

His remarks underscored the unsettled resolution, and revelations of behind-the-scenes discontent, that accompanied the end of his investigation.

"The Special Counsel's Office is part of the Department of Justice and by regulation, it was bound by that department policy", he said, adding that the move would have been "unconstitutional". But he seemed to warn lawmakers they won't be pulling more detail out of him.

"Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report".

For two years, Robert Mueller, the special counsel, led one of the most consequential investigations in the history of American politics - a pursuit that was the subject of endless speculation and cast an indelible cloud over Donald Trump's presidency.

That's how President Trump is reacting to comments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller today. The president declared that "the case is closed".

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Barr said Mueller reached no conclusion on obstruction of justice by Trump so he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made their own finding that there wasn't evidence to make a criminal case against the president. Mueller was tasked with investigating any links or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and whether Trump later interfered with the investigation.

"The Constitution requires a procedure other than the criminal equity framework to formally blame a sitting President for bad behavior", Mueller reported, in a statement which had earmarks of a proposal that any further activity would lie with Congress.

Days later, Trump reversed course and said Mueller "should not testify" as the President resurfaced his regular complaints about the Mueller investigation, before switching back again and saying the decision would be up to "our very great attorney general". "We did not determine whether the President did commit a crime".

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, where impeachment would take place, appeared to be in no hurry to launch such proceedings against the Republican president. But she hasn't ruled it out.

Mr Trump has blocked the committee's subpoenas and other efforts to dig into the Trump-Russia issue, insisting Mr Mueller's report has settled everything.

Barr initially sent a four-page summary of the report's principal conclusions to Congress, followed by a redacted version of the full report last month.

Moreover, one paragraph in Mueller's final report demonstrates how Trump's tweet distorted his interactions with Mueller.

In subsequent tweets Thursday morning, sent before departing the White House for Colorado, where he is scheduled to address a U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, Trump emphasized that he has not been charged with conspiring with Russian Federation in the campaign but seemingly acknowledged Russian Federation helped him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Mueller's comments on Wednesday echoed his report, which stated, "If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state". On Wednesday, Mueller reiterated that there was "insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, while Barr has repeatedly claimed Mueller found "no evidence".