Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally spoken in public after two years in a press conference where he has resigned from the Department of Justice and returned to private life. He does not plan to speak anymore on his investigation on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and obstruction of Justice by President Donald Trump. He said that his report is his testimony. The thing is, though, the words he said during his speech offers a clue for Congress to take action on. Mueller said: “As set forth in the report, after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
Mueller was following the Justice Department’s guidelines as to not indicting a president of a crime while in office. In carefully reading Mueller’s statement it is consistent with him saying that the report does not completely exonerate President Trump. Mueller was only collecting evidence and then passing it along to other governmental bodies with subpoena power to convene a grand jury or start impeachment proceedings by the House of Representatives and then trial in the Senate.
Mueller did not say: If we had confidence that the president did commit a crime, we would have said so. Mueller was using philosophical legalese, meaning: An act can be not illegal but that does not make it legal. Not saying that President Trump did not commit illegal acts does not mean that Trump’s actions were legal; Mueller is leaving that determination to others.