Robert Mueller made a number of remarks Wednesday morning, as he resigned from his office and returned to public life, none of which told us anything we didn’t already know — which is in essence that it’s up to Congress to act, and no, Mueller never exonerated Trump. Now the ball is clearly in Congress’ court and that, friends, is where we’re screwed.
This is some kind of catch 22 nightmare: cheated & conspired to become president…can't be indicated b/c he's president…won't be impeached b/c it's a political hot potato. God help us.
— Jenny (@LittleRed409) May 29, 2019
This is about as close as one could imagine to Robert Mueller laying out the case for opening an impeachment inquiry — says he couldn't exonerate the president, was barred from charging the president, and that the Constitution provides the remedy.
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) May 29, 2019
Mueller is now making the basic point that keeps getting lost:
The investigation was, first and foremost, an accounting of a foreign attack on our political system. Conspiracy was a separate question.
An accounting of *this* is what Trump tried to derail.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 29, 2019
Essentially, Mueller is saying, "Impeach the motherfucker."
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) May 29, 2019
Shorter Mueller: That was an impeachment referral, damnit, now act on it.
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) May 29, 2019
Then Andrew Napolitano chimed in from Fox News, and that should warm the cockles of Trump’s heart. RawStory:
“Effectively what Bob Mueller said is we had evidence that he committed a crime but we couldn’t charge him because he’s the president of the United States,” Napolitano explained. “This is even stronger than the language in his report. This is also a parting shot at his soon-to-be former boss, the attorney general, because this statement is 180 degrees from the four-page statement that Bill Barr issued at the time he first saw the report.”
“Is it that bad?” host Stuart Varney remarked.
“I think so,” Napolitano replied. “Basically he’s saying the president can’t be indicted, otherwise we would have indicted him and we’re not going to charge him with a crime because there’s no forum in which for him to refute the charges, but we could not say that he didn’t commit a crime, fill in the blank, because we believe he did.”
The “forum” in which to refute the charges is in impeachment proceedings. This is a clear impeachment referral, which is a conclusion reached weeks ago, but today’s appearance only underscores it.
And of course Trump chimed in, idiotically and obliviously.
Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
The Mueller investigation is closed, but the real case, United States of America v. Donald Trump hasn’t begun.