Last updated on August 14, 2019
OnMay 29, special counsel Robert Mueller announced that he would be leaving the Department of Justice.
“The attorney general has made the report on our investigation largely public,” Mueller said in a New York Times transcript of his announcement. “We are finally closing the special counsel’s office, and as well, I’m resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.”
In an NBC article, Mueller said that he didn’t plan on testifying before Congress, adding that if he did, he wouldn’t go beyond what was already in the report. He stated that the law does not allow him to charge a sitting president, meaning he couldn’t make an obstruction judgment.
“It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime,” Mueller said, “when there can be no court resolution of an actual charge.”
While Mueller did not say whether he felt that President Trump should be convicted of any crime, he stated that he lacks assurance that he (President Trump) didn’t do something illegal.
“If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime,” Mueller said, “we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did not commit a crime.”
According to CNN, the redacted version of the Mueller Report did contain several incidents where Trump asked aides to do something that would have obstructed the investigation into whether his administration colluded with Russia, though they refused to follow his orders. Mueller also did not take any questions, stating that this would be his final time discussing the incident.
CNN stated that politicians have speculated over what his statements regarding the report mean. New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker stated that Robert Mueller made it clear that Congress has an obligation to impeach Trump. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, however, felt that Mueller’s findings confirmed that the case was over.
“Mr. Mueller has decided to move on and let the report speak for itself,” Graham said. “Congress should follow his lead.”
In a New York Times transcript Mueller stated that no one has informed him of whether he should or can appear before Congress. He also stated that the “access to our (the Special Counsels) underlying work product is being decided in a process does not involve our office.”
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