Robert Mueller speaks publicly about Russia investigation

Today, Robert Mueller — Special Counsel for the Investigation into Russia’s Interference in the 2016 Election — spoke publicly for the first time since his appointment to that position. Some critical takeaways include:

  1. “Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system.”
  2. “The releases [of hacked documents] were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.”
  3. “…a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to influence an election.”
  4. “When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”
  5. “…if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.”
  6. “The Special Counsel’s Office is part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider.”
  7. “…the [same Justice Department] opinion explicitly explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting president because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could be charged now.”
  8. The Constitution provides an alternative route for adjudicating and punishing wrongdoing by a sitting president.

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