Mueller is saying he 'would have' indicted Trump if he could

Robert Mueller Should Testify Publicly

Trump tweeted early Thursday morning (tweets below).

Then, on the White House South Lawn, Mr Trump told reporters: "Russia did not help me get elected". And the golf course dispute "did not rise to the level of a conflict and claiming one was 'ridiculous and petty, '" Bannon told Trump, according to the report. "Russia didn't help me at all".

Mueller's report said Russian Federation interfered in the election in hopes of getting Trump elected, but his findings and intelligence officials have stopped short of saying the efforts contributed to Trump's victory.

Excerpt from the Mueller report, which has been released to members of the public - and most members of Congress - only in a partially redacted form.

Barr did not immediately release the report.

Today's statement represents Mueller's first and last statement since having been appointed as special counsel in 2017. While there is a growing push for impeachment proceedings, top Democratic leadership have remained skeptical about the mesaure - and any successful impeachment would nearly surely be struck down in the Senate.

Trump insisted that he's been tough on Russian Federation and that Moscow would have preferred Clinton as president.

Mueller said that he and his office were not the mechanism by which to accuse and punish a president.

Trump critics have focused on Mueller's loaded comments on obstruction in his final statement as special counsel Wednesday as evidence that he did, in fact, conclude that Trump was guilty but Department of Justice regulations blocked him from recommending charges.

"On the off chance that we had certainty that the president unmistakably did not perpetrate a wrongdoing, we would have said as much", Mueller said.

Mueller also said that he found substantial evidence that the President obstructed justice.

Indicting Trump while he was in office was "not an option we could consider", Mueller said, explicitly citing the official guidance from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. "When I know something is true, I don't have to go back and establish some kind of middle ground with whoever I'm writing about..."

Mr Mueller had been considered for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director position shortly before being named as special counsel.

Mr Trump maintained his position on Wednesday, tweeting after the Mueller statement that "nothing changes from the Mueller Report".

Warren, in a lengthy blog post, lamented the constraints placed on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office by the guidance of the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel, and suggested that if Mueller had been free to indict the president for obstruction of justice, he would have.

Ms Page has left the bureau.

Though calls for impeachment were heightened from time to time, analysts said an impeachment could well galvanize Trump's base and tamp up support for him like never before, and could thus cause the impeachment to backfire. "I don't have to ask the silly questions", Wolff said when he was asked if he reached out to Fox News about a claim in his book that they provided questions to Brett Kavanaugh in advance of an interview (he did not).

The chairman of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler, said that while Mr 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". He and others have indicated that the next move, if any, is up to USA congress, which has the power of impeachment. "We chose those words carefully and the report speaks for itself", he said.