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MUELLER: "We are formally closing the special counsel’s office, and ... I’m resigning from the Department of Justice to return to private life."
MUELLER: "We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime."

He says longstanding DOJ policy affected his decision on this.
MUELLER: "Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider."
MUELLER says he operated under principles that guaranteed he would not reach a conclusion about whether the president committed a crime.
MUELLER says any testimony to Congress would not go beyond his report.

"The report is my testimony."
DOJ handing out this Mueller fact sheet:
The most important parts of Mueller’s statement:

-Affirms DOJ restrictions on indicting a president guided his handling of obstruction case

-Says he won’t say anything to Congress beyond what’s in his report

-Asked if he’d comply with a congressional subpoena: “No questions.”
Lawmakers have been demanding a briefing from Mueller on his team’s counterintelligence work, which was unmentioned in his report. Mueller was silent on that.
Also notable, Mueller could have defused talk of his disagreement with Barr. He said the AG made the report public “in good faith” but said nothing about Barr’s letter or their very divergent views on what constitutes obstruction.
NADLER statement silent on whether he'll subpoena for Mueller's testimony:

"Given that ... 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."
Mueller wasn't explicit, but he referenced impeachment in his remarks today here when discussing DOJ's policy:

"[T]he opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing."
The opinion itself makes clear that impeachment is the only mechanism available for this: justice.gov/sites/default/…
NEW: Some Democrats viewed Mueller's language today as a call to action on impeachment. But Speaker Pelosi is sticking to her playbook so far.

Story w/ @desiderioDC: politico.com/story/2019/05/…
@desiderioDC NADLER won't say if he'll subpoena Mueller's testimony, but doesn't seem inclined to: "Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we need to hear today."
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