WASHINGTON, DC (PM) — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, just made his first public statements regarding the Russia investigation at 11:00 AM EDT, according to the US Justice Department.
Special counsel Robert Mueller says he’s departing the Justice Department now that the Russia investigation makes a conclusion.
Mueller made the announcement Wednesday in his first public statement since his Special Counsel appointment two years ago.
The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee has been wanting to secure his public testimony before Congress. So far, no deal is in the works.
Mueller’s report into Russia meddling in the 2016 election did not discover that Russia and the Trump campaign coordinated to influence the presidential election. It also could not reach a conclusion on whether Trump had obstructed justice, with Mueller saying he did not consider it would be fair to publicly accuse the president of a crime if he could not charge him. Mueller cites the Justice Department’s legal opinion states sitting presidents cannot be under indictment.
Mueller, for his part, privately stated to Barr that a four-page letter the attorney general wrote summarizing his main conclusions did not properly encapsulate the investigation’s findings.
Read the full redacted Mueller report here.
Live coverage of Mueller’s statement and the responses is occurring below.