BREAKING: Special Counsel Mueller says the investigation has ended, his office is closing and he is now stepping down; he had stayed on at US Justice Dept. following the submission of his investigative report. https://nbcnews.to/30Ul6Ew
Mueller says if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so, but also did not make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.
Mueller says the report explains that long-standing US Justice Dept. policy holds that a sitting president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office; also prohibited from charging under seal until the president leaves office.
Mueller says that given the Justice Dept. policy, we concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or another on whether the president committed a crime, and that is the office’s final position.
BREAKING: "There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election, and that allegation deserves the attention of every American,” Special Counsel Mueller says as he concludes his statement, and his investigation.
"The ball is in our court, Congress," Rep. Amash, who has become a vocal Republican proponent of impeachment for President Trump, says on Twitter after Special Counsel Mueller's statement that charging the president was not an option due to long-standing US Justice Dept. policy.
JUST IN: House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Nadler on Mueller statement: "Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so."
JUST IN: Sen. Booker: "Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately."
White House Press Sec. Sanders: "After two years, the Special Counsel is moving on with his life, and everyone else should do the same.”
Special Counsel Mueller: "The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing."
Sen. Sanders: "If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision to open an impeachment inquiry."
JUST IN: After Special Counsel Mueller's statement today, House Homeland Security Cmte. Chairman Thompson says he now supports impeachment for President Trump: "It is time for Congress to perform its oversight duties."
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