Donald Trump on Wednesday replied on Twitter after special counsel Robert Mueller spoke before reporters about his findings from the Russia investigation. The president, through his usual medium, falsely claimed “the case is closed” because there was “insufficient evidence” to charge Trump with a crime.
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
Mueller, it should be noted, said nothing of the sort. The special counsel said he was unable to recommend charges against a sitting president due to longstanding Department of Justice policy, and insisted he would have exonerated the president were he convinced Trump did not commit a crime. Mueller also added criticized subjects of the investigation for obstructing and lying to the special counsel, which he said “strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”
Meanwhile, House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said Mueller’s statement clearly placed the responsibility of determining wrongdoing on the shoulders of Congress.
“Although Department of Justice policy prevented the special counsel from bringing charges against the president, the special counsel has clearly demonstrated that President Trump is lying about the special counsel’s findings … Given that special counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the president, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoings of President Trump — and we will do so,” Nadler wrote.
Read my statement following Special Counsel Robert Muller's press conference this morning on the conclusion of the investigation into President Trump and his associates: pic.twitter.com/1FDMotIgiY
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 29, 2019
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus who began calling for Trump’s impeachment after reading the full Mueller report, echoed Nadler’s statement, writing on Twitter, “the ball is in our court, Congress.”
The ball is in our court, Congress. https://t.co/idpQo1xItH
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 29, 2019
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."
Trump spoke with Giuliani on unsecured phones that were vulnerable to Russian surveillance: report
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has communicated with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani via unsecured and unencrypted phone lines that are potentially vulnerable to interception and monitoring by Russian intelligence officials and other hostile foreign powers.
"Trump is not identified by name in the House phone records, but investigators said they suspect he may be a person with a blocked number listed as '-1' in the files," stated the report. "And administration officials said separately that Trump has communicated regularly with Giuliani on unsecured lines."