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Mueller: Indicting Trump Was ‘Not an Option’

The Special Counsel stressed that Russia launched systematic attack on election.

In a public statement today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that the investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 presidential campaign and the ancillary investigation into possible obstruction of justice were both justified “in order to find truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”

Mueller said that there were “numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election.” Mueller added that there was “insufficient evidence” of a “broader conspiracy” involving the Trump campaign.”

Mueller added again that “if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime then we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination that the president did commit a crime.”  This underscores the fact that the president was not exonerated.

Mueller cited “longstanding Justice Department policy” that president cannot be indicted while in office, calling the possibility “unconstitutional.”

“Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option that we could consider,” Mueller said.

Mueller said that he wanted the report to be seen as his testimony and that he was would not testify further by his own choice. He added that the wording of the report was chosen carefully and that he would not add any new public information in testimony to Congress.

He also said that he believed that Attorney General Barr acted in “good faith” in disclosing the report.

In his closing, Mueller underscored the fact that Russia had attacked the election, a point that the Special Counsel obviously believes should receive more attention. “There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election and that allegation deserves the attention of every American,” Mueller said in closing.

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