Washington DC (By Ali Usman)
Special Counsel Robert Muller has said charging US President Donald Trump while in office was “not an option”.
In his first public comments on the Russian meddling into US election in 2016, Muller however refuses to clear President Trump of criminal wrong doing.
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said at a press conference at Justice Department headquarters in which he also announced his resignation on Wednesday. “A President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. ... Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider,” he told the press conference.
“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter. I am making that decision myself — no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter,” Mueller said.
“The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress,” Mueller stated.
“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments — that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” Mueller said. “That allegation deserves the attention of every American.”