Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump

Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump

President Trump, who probably watched the remarks that were aired live by most news channels, responded shortly after with a tweet: "Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. That is unconstitutional", he said.

Trump, given notice Tuesday evening that Mueller would speak the next morning, watched on television.

"It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge", he said.

Mueller dismissed these accusations on Wednesday, saying Barr has already "made the report on our investigation largely public".

Russian intelligence officers launched "a concerted attack on our political system" involving "sophisticated cyber techniques", Mueller said.

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

He wrapped up by reiterating one of the main findings of the report that has been lost in the debate about President Trump's personal conduct and fitness for office.

Mueller may be returning to private life and moving on, his parting statement, which was being parsed for unsaid indications and pointer by commentators and analysts, had enough to keep Trump's critics going.

Mueller complained about Barr's summaries in a letter to the attorney general in March that later was made public. "There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our country, a person is innocent".

"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.

"I have the greatest respect for the special counsel, but he doesn't get to decide whether or not he testifies before the American people", said the lawmaker.

Mueller did not say one way or the other whether Trump should be charged with obstructing either the special counsel's investigation or a pre-existing inquiry by the Justice Department into Russian meddling and possible collusion by Trump campaign officials.

"I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interference in our election", Mueller said as he wrapped up his statement on Wednesday. The report presented substantial evidence that Trump obstructed justice on a few fronts, but didn't offer a conclusion on whether he had broken the law or whether he should be charged. The case is closed!

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.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far discouraged members of her caucus from calling for impeachment, arguing that Democrats need to follow a methodical, step by step approach to investigating the president.

Previously, House Judiciary Committee chair Rep.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "Mr. Mueller explicitly said that he has nothing to add beyond the report, and therefore, does not plan to testify before Congress".

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