US special counsel Robert Mueller says his team is not “confident” about US President Donald Trump’s innocence, noting that not filing federal charges against a sitting president has been the Justice Department’s long standing policy.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said in his first public appearance Wednesday after the conclusion of the so-called Russia probe. “Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.”
Trump immediately reacted to Mueller’s remarks, announcing that the case against him has been closed.
“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,” tweeted the president.