Rep. Quigley: Mueller Used 'Extreme Fairness' to Protect Trump

Rep. Quigley: Mueller Used 'Extreme Fairness' to Protect Trump

United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday announced his resignation from the Justice Department after delivering his first public statement since the end of a 22-month long investigation into the alleged Russian collusion in 2016 presidential polls.

The one-sidedness of our standard here, that if Trump has a conversation in the Oval Office about a totally legitimate constitutional right - which anybody in the executive branch could be fired, that's part of the president's constitutional authority as the chief executive - suddenly we're anxious about whether or not he's obstructing justice.

The Mueller investigation has led to 35 people being charged, including several who were a part of Donald Trump's campaign and administration.

But not indicting Trump was not equivalent to clearing him, Mr Mueller said, suggesting Congress has both the constitutional powers and the responsibility to pursue the case. If he could have cleared Trump of obstruction of justice he "would have said so", Mueller declared.

Surprising Washington with brief remarks Wednesday, Mueller indicated it's up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings. "Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable".

"Mueller leaves no doubt", she tweeted.

The letter's "snitty" tone, he said, suggested that it had been written by special counsel staff rather than Mueller.

Barr recently told The Wall Street Journal that he would not prevent Mueller from testifying before Congress.

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Mueller's report, with some redactions, was released by Attorney General William Barr on April 18 - but only after he issued summaries that Democrats said were tilted to favor Trump. The president declared that "the case is closed". It did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice.

Mr Wolff reports that the special counsel's office drew up the the charges under Title 18 of the U.S. criminal code.

Mueller made clear that if he was certain that Trump had not committed crimes, he would have said as much.

However, a sitting president can not be indicted, Mueller said. At times, Barr has cherry-picked Mueller's report to fit a different narrative that is rosier for Trump.

He claimed the House Judiciary Committee could possibly subpoena Mueller soon, and that ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., would likely echo Baier's questions. He tweeted that nothing has changed and argued that a "person is innocent" if there is "insufficient evidence" to charge a crime. Amash responded that McCarthy hasn't read the special counsel's report.

Russian intelligence officers launched "a concerted attack on our political system" involving "sophisticated cyber techniques", Mueller said.

Mueller appeared to have misgivings at one point as well, complaining to Barr in March that he had initially disclosed his main findings in an incomplete way that caused public confusion. While the special counsel's report did not accuse the president of a crime, it revealed ample evidence of wrongdoing by Trump and his inner circle, dating from his 2016 presidential campaign to current day.

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