Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public statement Wednesday was intended for “lighting the fuse” for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Rep. Devin Nunes claimed Thursday, Fox News informed.
Nunes, R-Calif., said that observers of Mueller’s rare public comments likely had questions why he even held the news conference.
“You just have to ask yourself, sitting back thinking about it: What was that press conference all about yesterday?” Nunes said. “To light the fuse for impeachment.”
He also stated that Mueller should have completed his Russia probe several months before he actually did.
“We know that he’s talked about conspiracy to collude. Well, when he walked in the door, he knew there was no evidence of collusion,” Nunes said. “He should have been done after day two.”
Nunes claimed that the special counsel attempted to do a “victory lap” at his news conference by talking “about the Russians they found, the Russians they prosecuted,” while Nunes stated that he and other Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had the same information.
Mueller announced the closing of his office and presented the findings of his probe, emphasizing that there “was not sufficient evidence to charge a conspiracy” with regard to whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
However he did not say anything about whether the President obstructed justice.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said. “We did not determine whether the president did commit a crime.”
Mueller also detailed a longstanding Justice Department policy, according to which a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime.
“Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” Mueller explained, adding that “it would be unfair to accuse someone of a crime when there could be no court resolution of the charge.”