UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump’s indictment of the crime of obstructing justice was not a possible option because of the Justice Department’s policy, Special Inspector Robert Mueller said on Wednesday.
“The Office of the Special Inspector is part of the Ministry of Justice, and legally it is obliged to implement the policy of this ministry,” he said. “The indictment of a president for a crime is not an option we can study.”
“The constitution requires an operation outside the criminal justice system to formally indict an incumbent president for wrongdoing,” he said, apparently hinting that any other move was in Congress’s hands.
At the same time, Mueller said his report on Russian intervention in the 2016 elections did not absolve the president.
“It is not fair to charge a person with a crime in the absence of a court order to charge an actual charge,” he said.
“These were the principles under which we worked, and we concluded that we would not reach a decision in one way or another on whether the president committed a crime,” he said.
Muller stressed that if he were summoned to testify before Congress, as some Democrats claim, he would not say anything more than what the report said.
“I hope and expect that this is the only time I am talking about this issue … I am making this decision myself and no one has told me whether I can or should testify or make further statements in this regard,” he said.
Mueller concluded his statement by stressing what he called “the main charge in our accusations is that there have been multiple and systematic efforts to intervene in our elections.”
“This accusation deserves the attention of every American.”
Mueller said that upon completion of the investigation he would resign from the Justice Ministry and exit public life.
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