In his first public statement on his investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, special counsel Robert Mueller, said that while his report did not accuse President Donald Trump of any crimes, it also did not exonerate him.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said during his statement Wednesday.
“Under long-standing department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional,” he continued. “The special counsel’s office is part of the Department of Justice and by regulation it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider.”
Mueller also announced his resignation and emphasized that he did not intend to testify before Congress about the investigation, adding, “The report is my testimony.”
On Wednesday’s radio program, Glenn Beck, Stu Burguiere, and Pat Gray discussed several of the key takeaways from Mueller’s news conference.
“[Mueller] said if we would have known for sure that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so. Now, he didn’t say that [President Trump] did commit a crime,” Glenn said. “He said we couldn’t charge him with a crime if we found a crime. Now, he didn’t say they found a crime, but he also said that they didn’t find him innocent of any crime.”
“What he’s saying here is there’s another judge and jury,” he added. “And that judge and jury is the American people through the impeachment process, because we can’t go through the Justice Department. ”
Stu noted that the mainstream media and the left will interpret this as Mueller giving Congress a “road map” to impeach President Trump.
Glenn agreed, but emphasized Mueller’s message that he would not provide Congress new information and that “any testimony” from the Department of Justice would not “go beyond” what has already been released to the public.
“[Mueller] just said there is no other information for [the Department of Justice] to give, we’ve given you all the information. Well, we’ve all read that information, with the exception of just a few tidbits [redacted] that don’t seem like bombshells hidden behind those black bars,” Glenn said. “So, he’s sending two signals. One, that there’s a way, if you think the president committed a crime, you have to do it through impeachment. But, two, if you interview anyone of the team, we’re all going to say the same thing. Everything we have is in the report.”
Catch more of the conversation in the video clip below:
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