Trump assails 'totally conflicted' Robert Mueller

The report noted 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice.

Mueller will not take questions after his statement, scheduled for 11 a.m. (1500 GMT) at the Justice Department. "That is unconstitutional. Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider". He even went so far as to publicly praise Russian president Vladimir Putin while slamming those intelligence reports at a 2018 press conference alongside Putin.

Trump repeated his baseless claims that Mueller is "conflicted", contending that Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director under President George W. Bush, wanted his old job back, but that he had told him no. Or blue and black? - he's not going to help us out.

His remarks underscored the unsettled resolution, and revelations of behind-the-scenes discontent, that accompanied the end of his investigation. Democrats have denounced Barr, saying he misrepresented the special counsel's findings. But he seemed to warn lawmakers that they won't be pulling more detail out of him. As for speaking with members of Congress, Mueller said, "the report is my testimony". The special counsel refused to exonerate President Trump on obstruction of justice while claiming that criminally charging the president was "not an option". But I don't think those norms are rendered any less important by those facts.If a person doesn't have enough evidence that someone committed a crime to contend that a crime was committed, he is obliged to presume his innocence. "CASE CLOSED", the graphic read.

Mueller made the announcement Wednesday in his first public statement since his appointment two years ago.

Robert Mueller speaks for the first time on his Russian Federation investigation during a media briefing at the Department of Justice in Washington. But, he said, the absence of a conclusion should not be mistaken for exoneration.

Perhaps most notably, Mr. Mueller stated, "The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing".

Representative Gerald Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the House Oversight subcommittee on government operations, said in an interview that Mueller's latest comments add "a lot of intensity" to "that movement toward impeachment".

"It was a crime that didn't exist, he continued, once again citing "presidential harassment", which is still a thing that does not exist". "If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision to open an impeachment inquiry". "We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself", Mueller said Wednesday. "Congress should follow his lead".

But on the White House lawn, he said: "No, Russia did not help me get elected. And now Russian Federation has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russian Federation helping me to get elected", he wrote on Twitter.

Mueller's remarks also nudged two Democratic presidential candidates, Sens. On the question of whether President Trump obstructed justice, however, Mueller said he could not reach a traditional prosecutorial judgment.

"Although the deputy attorney general and I disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories and felt that some of the episodes examined did not amount to obstruction as a matter of law, we did not rely exclusively on that in making our decision".

Earlier that day, a visibly nervous Mueller told reporters, "If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so", which isn't the job of a prosecutor. Trump harbors suspicions that the Democratic administration of President Barack Obama started the investigation in 2016 to undermine his presidency.