Trump impeachment calls grow after Mueller remarks

May 30, 2019, 5:16 AM EDT
Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that charging a sitting president wasn’t an option.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s first public statement about his report over alleged links between U.S. President Donald Trump’s election campaign and Moscow has stirred a political firestorm as top Democrat leaders call for the president’s impeachment.

In a dramatic turn of events on Wednesday, Mueller, who headed the Russian interference probe, said that charging a sitting president wasn’t an option consistent with longstanding justice department policy but at the same time, stressed that his report didn’t exonerate the president either, notes The Guardian

Contradicting Trump’s earlier claim that the Mueller report has awarded him “total exoneration,” Special Counsel said if he was confident that the president didn’t commit a crime, he would have said so. Prominent Democrat leaders, including 10 of the 23 presidential hopefuls, lapped up Mueller’s remarks and called for Trump’s impeachment, even though Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the house and the most senior Democrat, remains averse to this idea, arguing that it may backfire, writes the BBC.