Renewed calls to impeach Trump after Mueller speaks

Oscar Cross
June 1, 2019

Even more bizarrely, since Mueller considered Trump's public statements as potential obstruction, any objections by the president to this quasi-impeachment inquiry were more evidence of alleged wrongdoing.

Despite having already brought charges against 37 defendants, including six Trump associates, Muller said charging US President Donald Trump with a crime was not an option, adding: "If we had confidence that the President had committed a crime, we would have said so".

"So that was Justice Department policy, those were the principles under which we operated", Mueller said.

But Mueller did not find that "members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".

Mueller's position, as the former special counsel repeated in his statement on Wednesday, was that it would be wrong for him to accuse someone of wrongdoing who couldn't then have a fair trial and get the chance to defend himself. "It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made".

House judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler, who has been negotiating with Mueller on testifying to his panel, said that "the Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the president accountable'".

The comments came before President Trump left Washington D.C. for Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado where he will deliver the commencement speech at the United States Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony. Democrats have denounced Barr, saying he misrepresented the special counsel's findings.

"Under longstanding department policy, a president can not be charged with a federal crime while he is in office", Mueller said. In his nine-minute address, Mueller quite consciously highlighted the portions of the report that fuel the Democrats' calls for impeachment.

Reached for comment on Trump's claim that Mueller sought to resume the role of Federal Bureau of Investigation director under him, the former spokesperson for Mueller's office also referred INSIDER to pages 80 to 84 of Volume II of the report, which he said "address this issue". At times, Barr has cherry-picked Mueller's report to fit a different narrative that is rosier for Trump.

The president said he would work to expose the origins of the investigation, describing the law enforcement officials involved as corrupt.

On the other hand, Lindsey Graham of SC, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Mueller "has chose to move on and let the report speak for itself". Mueller explained in his public statement that this ruling led his office to conclude that it couldn't "reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime".

President Donald Trump was unequivocal when he told reporters Thursday morning that the former special counsel Robert Mueller's news conference this week proved that there was "no collusion" with Russian Federation and "no obstruction". The Special Counsel formally closed his office, and announced he would make no further statements on the investigation. "When I know something is true, I don't have to go back and establish some kind of middle ground with whoever I'm writing about..."

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