Special Counsel Mueller: "The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing." https://t.co/cVpiitVqUE pic.twitter.com/1WiFECWIYC— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2019
Mueller gave a live statement today. Cliffs Notes:
… I wasn’t allowed to charge Tr/mp with a crime per DOJ rules
… I believe he committed crimes, or I would say otherwise
… Congress does have the authority to charge Tr/mp with a crime
Mueller: 'If we had confidence the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so'— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 29, 2019
It’s long overdue. I only hope that your Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle will act with integrity and protect our democracy now. https://t.co/cD8ezDUm5s— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) May 29, 2019
The President of the United States obstructed Justice. Now it’s up to Congress to do its job. #ImpeachTrump— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 29, 2019
Founding Fathers didn't anticipate that when the future of the country and of democracy itself was at stake, the American people would be uninterested in or incapable of reading a book.— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) May 29, 2019
And Donald Trump welcomed those efforts, exhorted them to interfere more, and benefited from those efforts. https://t.co/4StKHV6Zse— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) May 29, 2019
I’m sure Mueller leaving it to people to interpet his careful legal language will be effective on a country that still doesn’t know they should vaccinate their kids— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) May 29, 2019
Regardless of your party affiliation, this is our common ground. Every American needs to absorb this. https://t.co/1vcZZcvEJM— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) May 29, 2019
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Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 29, 2019
What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 29, 2019
We need to start impeachment proceedings. It's our constitutional obligation.
Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 29, 2019
Mueller made clear this morning that his investigation now lays at the feet of Congress. No one is above the law—Congress should begin an impeachment inquiry.— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 29, 2019
Robert Mueller made it clear: No exoneration.— Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) May 29, 2019
Mueller stated that his investigation couldn’t indict a sitting president and it was never an option. He also said if he had confidence the President didn’t commit a crime, he would have stated so. Congress must now do its job of oversight and do what Mueller wasn’t allowed to.— Wayne Messam (@WayneMessam) May 29, 2019
Mueller did his job. Now it’s time to do ours.— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) May 29, 2019
Impeachment hearings should begin tomorrow. https://t.co/9za3s0pqOA
"If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so." – Robert Mueller https://t.co/Qxbw6Jgjn4— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) May 29, 2019
#Mueller has spoken & here’s what we know:— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) May 29, 2019
✅ Every American should be concerned about what Russia did (that’s includes you, too, @realDonaldTrump)
✅ Trump is an obstructor who commited crimes
✅ We’re not powerless. Our founders gave us a checks & balances system. #Congress
Transcript source: My eyes and ears
Thank you for being here. Two years ago the acting attorney general asked me to serve as special counsel. And he created the special counsel’s office. The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the trump campaign. Now I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I’m speaking out today because our investigation is complete. The attorney general has made the report on our investigation largely public. We are formally closing the special counsel’s office, and as well I’m resigning from the department of justice to return to private life. I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.
Translation: My work here is done. Me and my team’s testimony was made (mostly) public in 400+ pgs report. Read the fu/king report. Louder for the elected officials in the back, READ THE FU/KING REPORT.
Let me begin where the appointment order begins. And that is interference with the 2016 presidential election. As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military, launched a concerted attack on our political system. The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization, Wikileaks. The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate. And at the same time as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an election. These indictments contain allegations, and we are not commenting on the guilt or innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understand. And that is among the reasons why the department of justice established our office. That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance and it was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to strike at the truth and hold wrong doers accountable.
Translation: Russia is not our friend. Read the fu/king report. Notice I said “when” not “if”. Everybody obstructed. Everybody lied. Everybody. Especially Tr/mp.
Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts, addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate. The first volume details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Tr/mp campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. And in a second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the president. The order appointing the special counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. And we conducted that investigation and we kept the office of the acting attorney general apprised of the progress of our work. And as set forth in the report after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. The introduction to the volume two of our report explains that decision. It explains that under long-standing department policy a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that too is prohibited. The special counsel’s office is part of the department of justice and by regulation it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider. The department’s written opinion explaining the policy makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report and I will describe two of them for you. First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting president, because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could be charged now. And second, the opinion says that the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrong doing.
Translation: The investigation was valid but since a sitting POTUS can’t be charged with a crime, the Constitution provides another process called IMPEACHMENT. Get right on that, House of Representatives. Oh and don’t forget, Yes Hillary Rodham Clinton was robbed of the Presidency six different ways of Sunday.
And beyond department policy we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially -- it would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge. So that was justice department policy. Those were the principles under which we operated and from them we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office’s -- that is the office’s final position, and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president. We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general. As required by department regulations. The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to congress and to the American people. At one point in time I requested that certain portions of the report be released. The attorney general preferred to make that -- preferred to make the entire report public all at once, and we appreciate that the attorney general made the report largely public. And I certainly do not question the attorney general’s good faith in that decision.
Translation: We provided our report to AG Barr who decided to ignore our summaries and release his own falsified partisan version that misrepresented our conclusions. So Barr and I tussled on the phone, the result of which the entire report was released minus redactions. So I thank him for doing this /shade
Now I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter. There has been discussion about an appearance before congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before congress. In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office. So beyond what I have said here today, and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the justice department or congress. And it’s for that reason I will not be taking questions today as well.
Translation: Me and my team’s testimony is in 400+ pg report. Read the fu/king report. There are TEN examples of Obstruction of Justice. Also, the DOJ gets to decide what underlying evidence is provided to Congress, can’t help you with that. But only ICYMI read the fu/king report.
Now before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, and analysts, the professional staff to helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals who spent nearly two years with the special counsel’s office were of the highest integrity. And I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interference in our election. That allegation deserves the attention of every American. Thank you. Thank you for being here today.
Translation: Stop trashing my team. Ps. RUSSIA IS NOT OUR FRIEND. Sidebar again, Yes Hillary Rodham Clinton was robbed of the Presidency six different ways of Sunday. Oh, and READ THE FU/KING REPORT. Over to you, House of Representatives, because it’s your Constitutional right and duty to hold this racist sexist multi-phobic lying corrupt mobbed up grifter cretin responsible for his actions.
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