House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler responded to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first public remarks since his report was released, hinting that it is likely Mueller will be subpoenaed to testify in front of Congress.
In a statement released by Nadler after Mueller’s press conference at the Department Of Justice, Nadler thanked Mueller for his service and said that “although Department of Justice policy prevented the Special Counsel from bringing criminal charges against the President, the Special Counsel has clearly demonstrated that President Trump is lying about the Special Counsel’s findings, lying about the testimony of key witnesses in the Special Counsel’s report, and is lying in saying that the Special Counsel found no obstruction and no collusion,” saying it is now Congress’ responsibility to act.
“We would like to thank Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his service to our nation over the past two years. In his statement this morning, Special Counsel Mueller reaffirmed his report, which found substantial evidence that Russia attacked our political system and that the President sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation over and over again. He also confirmed three central points: he did not exonerate the President of the United States of obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice is a serious crime that strikes at the core of our justice system, and the Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable,” Nadler said in his statement.
“Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so. No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law,” Nadler continued.
At the press conference, Muller defended his report into the Trump campaign, saying he found no collusion between Russia and the campaign, and that he would be “formally closing the special counsel’s office and that he would be “resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life.”
Mueller also said that “there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy,” and that the report would be his testimony if Congress issues a subpoena for him to testify, saying, “the report is my testimony.” Since Mueller resigned it will be harder for Congress to get him to appear since he will be a private citizen.
In early April, Nadler said he wants Mueller to testify before the committee as soon as possible, after Attorney General William Barr addressed the media.