Despite congressional Democrats’ continued press on the 22-month-long Russia investigation’s final report, the now-former special counsel Robert Mueller is done with it and the White House is saying everyone else should move on too.
“I am speaking out today because our investigation is complete,” Mueller told reporters on Wednesday. “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.”
Mueller finally spoke out publicly for the first time since his redacted report was released, as he told reporters that charges against President Donald Trump were “not an option,” due to not being able to indict a sitting president and he noted he wouldn’t be discussing it any further, as IJR News reported.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Additionally, Mueller said, “I certainly do not question the attorney general’s good faith” in his decision to publicly release the full redacted report, instead of in parts.
The president took to Twitter following the special counsel’s remarks to declare, “The case is closed!”
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders mirrored the president’s remarks.
“The Special Counsel has completed the investigation, closed his office, and has closed the case,” she wrote in a statement.
“Mr. Mueller explicitly said that he has nothing to add beyond the report, and therefore, does not plan to testify before Congress. The report was clear—there was no collusion, no conspiracy—and the Department of Justice confirmed there was no obstruction. Special Counsel Mueller also stated that Attorney General Barr acted in good faith in his handling of the report.”
The White House press secretary noted that Mueller is “moving on with his life” after the release of the long-awaited report, adding that “everyone else should do the same.”