Charging Trump was ‘not an option’ – Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller denies his probe of Russian election meddling exonerated President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice but says Justice Department policy prevented him from charging the US president.

Mueller made his first statement after two years overseeing the high-stakes probe, saying that having detailed at least 10 possible acts of obstruction by President Trump, it was not possible to say the US leader committed no crime. (Reuters)

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on Wednesday his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was never going to end with criminal charges against President Donald Trump and that he would give no more information than was already published in his report.

In his first public comments since starting the investigation in May 2017, Mueller said Justice Department policy explicitly prevented him from bringing charges against a sitting president.

“Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider,” Mueller told reporters as he announced his resignation from the Justice Department.

A redacted version of Mueller’s report was published in April, concluding that Russia repeatedly interfered in the 2016 election and that Trump’s election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials but did not engage in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow to win the White House.

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