Mueller Says He's Leaving Justice Department

Saul Bowman
May 31, 2019

In his first public comments in the almost two-year Russia investigation, the special counsel gave some new insight into what he believed were the key parts of his 22-month probe of Russian election interference and President Donald Trump's campaign. Early in the day, Trump tweeted he had "nothing to do with Russian Federation helping me get elected". The justice department's written opinion explaining the policy against charging a president makes several important points that further informed their handling of the obstruction investigation, Mueller said.

But the biggest takeaway - and the likely source of cable news fodder for the next day or so - is the Trump's claim, "And now Russian Federation has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russian Federation helping me to get elected".

Mueller had said in his report that he did not think it would be fair to publicly accuse the president of a crime if he was not going to charge him.

Mueller is a "never-Trumper", the president said, his office was filled with bad people and Trump said he has done nothing wrong. "If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that", he reiterated.

He said he believed such an action would be unconstitutional.

A redacted version of the Mueller report was published in April, concluding there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow. He noted a long-standing legal opinion that a president "cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office". "CASE CLOSED", the graphic read. "If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision to open an impeachment inquiry".

"The Department of Justice doesn't use our powers of investigating crimes as an adjunct to Congress, ' said Barr, in footage that aired hours after called impeachment a 'disgusting" word.

In another tweet, Trump seemingly acknowledged for the first time that Russian Federation had helped him win in 2016.


Shortly afterwards, "Jan Brady" became a top 10 trending topic on Twitter as users shared screenshots of Trump's tweet along with memes, gifs and clips from the classic TV show. I understand that Mueller was in an odd position.

Clinton also used part of her 30-minute commencement speech to criticize what she called "the big social media platforms", which she said "know their systems are being manipulated by foreign and domestic actors to sow division, promote extremism and spread misinformation".

Many of them suggested that political speeches are not something the graduates wanted to hear on their special day.

"Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider", he said. Mueller said there had been systematic interference in the 2016 presidential election.

He added that the report is his "testimony" and that he "would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress".

US President Donald Trump wrote on Thursday that he had been subjected to "the greatest presidential harassment in history", before asserting that the investigation, which he called a "witch hunt", has cost $40 million.

In tweets late Wednesday and early Thursday, Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, also took aim at Mueller. Prior to his appointment as special counsel, Mueller served as FBI Director from 2001 to 2013. "Mueller proved he was as biased as his staff".

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