Robert Mueller's two years of public silence have come to an end. In a 10-minute public statement on the investigation into Russian interference made at 11am ET Wednesday, he made what he said would be his first and last remarks on the topic. He took no questions and closed by "reiterating there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election and that allegation deserves the attention of every American," per CNN. He made clear that his office "concluded we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime," in part because it was "not an option" to charge him due to DOJ policy against charging a sitting president, Bloomberg notes. But he added that "if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so." More on what Mueller said and how it's being received:
- He also made clear that "any testimony from [our] office would not go beyond our report. ... We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself," and that he would not provide information beyond what has already been made public in any appearance before Congress: "Beyond what I've said here today and what is contained in my written report, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further."