President Trump said Wednesday that “nothing changes” after special counsel Robert Mueller explained during his first comments on the Russia investigation why he did not charge the president with obstruction of justice.
“Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.
Mueller said he believed he could not charge Trump due to longstanding Justice Department guidelines stating a president could not be indicted while in office, telling reporters it was “not an option we could consider.”
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Mueller delivered a statement at the Justice Department to announce a formal end to the two-year investigation, saying he was closing the special counsel’s office and he was not inclined to testify to Congress about his findings.
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