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… https://t.co/LIxEdCTBJd— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1559144241.0
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… https://t.co/zMHX5kUFuz— Rep. Nadler (@Rep. Nadler)1559144405.0
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 (@Justin Amash)1559143683.0