(Washington, DC-AP) -Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with obstruction of justice was not an option due to a longstanding Justice Department policy; but that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
The policy states that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. Speaking at the department today, Mueller said if he had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, he would have said so. Mueller also announced that he is formally stepping down as special counsel. He did not take questions.
Meantime, Mueller is negotiating with the House Judiciary Committee. He wants to testify behind closed doors while Democrats who run the committee want a full, public hearing.
In a tweet, Dem hopeful Corey Booker said Mueller’s statement makes it clear — Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler also released a statement saying it falls to lawmakers to “respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump.” He argued that no one is above the law, including the President