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Analysis: Mueller says he couldn't charge Trump, tosses the question to Congress


Doug Mills - New York Times

Robert Mueller, the special counsel, turns to leave after speaking about the Russia investigation at the Justice Department in Washington on Wednesday morning, May 29, 2019. Mueller characterized for the first time his investigation of whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, saying "if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."

For months, congressional Democrats have looked to Robert Mueller to offer the justification for opening an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. On Wednesday, the special counsel did everything but flash the green light for which they've been waiting.

Mueller's 10-minute statement was a careful and telling distillation of the 448-report he issued earlier this spring. He repeated that, had he and his team been able to clear the president of obstruction, they would have done so, but did not. He then made clear that because charging a sitting president with a crime is prohibited by Justice Department regulations, the only way to hold a sitting president accountable for possible crimes lies with Congress and powers vested by the Constitution.


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