Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress has been delivered, and while controversial, plenty of political ammo came for both Dems and Republicans. On one front, Robert Mueller is now on record confirming that Donald Trump was found to have committed acts of obstruction (particularly obstruction of justice) against America and its election.
That Mueller confirmation comes at a time when Trump knowingly continued to sow a misinformation campaign about the accuracy of Mueller’s very report. The two year long investigation found evidence of conspiracy/obstruction of Justice at the hands of Trump and his cronies.
Certainly, Republicans are seemingly to going to argue why this wasn’t brought up before — however that could probably be because the report was redacted in the beginning. With Mueller’s confirmation — calls for Congress to act have zoned in.
One particular exchange is catching
NADLER: Director Mueller, the president has repeatedly claimed your report found there was no obstruction and completely and totally exonerated him. That is not what your report said, is it?
Republicans have already begun to argue that Mueller didn’t say there was collusion. But Mueller cannot legally say that .
NADLER: You wrote: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are not able to reach that judgment.” Does that say there was no obstruction?
NADLER continued …can you explain what that finding means so the American people can understand?” Mueller replied, “The finding indicates that the president was not exonerated for the act he allegedly committed.”
According to The Nation, Mueller in fact received an opinion letter from the Office of Legal Counsel advising him that a sitting President cannot be indicted.
NADLER: The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of the OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?” Mueller replied, “That is correct
References to NADLER are references to Congressmember NADLER.