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Trump On Mueller Comments: "The Case Is Closed!"

Trump On Mueller Comments:

That's how President Trump is reacting to comments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller today.

Barr said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" that though Justice Department rules prevent the indictment of a sitting president, Mueller nonetheless could have decided whether Trump had committed a crime.

Trump's tweet came after Mueller made his first public statement since releasing his final report nearly two months ago.

In his first remarks since being appointed Special Counsel, Robert Mueller Wednesday morning said: "it would be unfair to accuse someone of a crime" when they can not be charged in court.

Barr and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, who stepped down earlier this month, have concluded that Mueller did not have "sufficient" evidence to support a charge in the obstruction case, a move that has drawn scrutiny from the Democrats.

The first count charged Mr Trump with corruptly influencing or obstructing a pending proceeding before a U.S. department or agency, according to the newspaper.

The special counsel also said he found "insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy" on election interference. He said his reporting was "based on internal documents given to me by sources close to the Office of the Special Counsel".

"It was a crime that didn't exist, he continued, once again citing "presidential harassment", which is still a thing that does not exist".

Special counsel Robert Mueller's statement Wednesday that "if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said that" is worse than then FBI Director James Comey's statement about the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton, said Alan Dershowitz, emeritus professor at Harvard Law School.

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The group, which aims to "protect [Mueller's] investigation from political interference by the president", was established last March when reports surfaced of Trump's intentions to potentially dismiss Mueller. We are formally closing the special counsel's office.

"Under longstanding department policy, a president can not be charged with a federal crime". Apparently, for congressional Democrats, that presumption of innocence does not extend to Trump.

"I will say that when we met with (Mueller) ... we specifically asked him about the OLC opinion and whether or not he was taking the position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion", Barr told reporters.

"No responsible prosecutor should ever suggest that the subject of his investigation might indeed be guilty even if there was insufficient evidence or other reasons not to indict", Dershowitz said.

At the same time, in carefully crafted words, he appeared to pass the issue to Congress if any further legal action against US President Donald Trump or his team were to be pursued.

Well, you might say, of course Robert Mueller departed from standard operating procedure - he's a special counsel operating in novel circumstances that require novel approaches.

"Because we determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment, we did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President's conduct", Mueller wrote in his report.

One paragraph in Mueller's report debunks this claim.

"I think he's aware of who is Jewish in a way that might give... that feels creepy", he told MSNBC Live with Katy Tur in January 2018.


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