Charging Trump was not option, says Robert Mueller


But the more vexing question for the last two months was whether Mueller believed the President committed a crime by obstructing the investigation - and his remarks Wednesday did not provide a clearer picture.

Mueller stressed that his report did not exonerate Trump of the crime of obstruction of justice, but explained that charging him was not an option because of Justice Department policy not to indict a sitting president. "No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law", House Judiciary Chairman Rep.

"The investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts", the report said. Both Trump and Barr have said they have no objection to Mueller testifying.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, breaking a two-year silence on his investigation into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, announced his resignation from the Justice Department on Wednesday so that he can "return to private life". Mueller has not said whether he will testify.

There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday responded to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's first statement in two years by promising Congress will take action. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made.

It is unclear if the increased pressure will move Pelosi, who has always been skeptical of an impeachment inquiry that is not bipartisan. But he also didn't dismiss it.

"With respect to the impeachment question at this point, all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out", he said at a news conference.

Her statement on Wednesday made no mention of impeachment. "The American people must have the truth". If the House decides to impeach, Mueller will argue, that's a political process, not a legal process. David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Steve Cohen of Tennessee, urged the formal step of opening an impeachment inquiry. Some Republicans have also called on Congress to act.

The statement will be at 11:00 (15:00 GMT), the justice department says. Should Mueller refuse, Democrats could issue a subpoena for him to appear, though they were hoping to avoid such a compulsory measure.

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Mueller said that if he had had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime his team would have said so in its report.

Mueller said that, having detailed at least 10 possible acts of obstruction by Trump, it was not possible to say the USA leader committed no crime.

But Mr Mueller said he was permitted to investigate a sitting president "because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available".

Mueller's comments echoed the findings in his public report.

Immediately following the statement, Trump tweeted that the case was 'closed'.

For his part, President Trump has seized upon the findings to claim they represent a "complete and total exoneration".

"Mueller did his job".

"We've had this report for almost six weeks".

Mueller's probe found there was no evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded or conspired with Russian Federation.