Mueller declines to clear Trump in first public statement on Russia probe

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WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — On Tuesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke publicly for the first time since completing an investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

Senator Mark Warner is co-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said Mueller’s message to the public is clear.

“The Russians massively interfered in our 2016 election and did so to help Trump,” said Sen. Warner. 

Warner said Congress should focus on passing legislation aimed at securing future elections and preventing foreign interference.

“A requirement that if a foreign agent offers you information during a federal campaign, that campaign ought to have a obligation to report that to the FBI,” said Warner. 

Mueller said his written report speaks for itself — investigators found insufficient evidence of a broader conspiracy involving the Trump campaign. But the report showed investigators could not clear the President of trying to obstruct justice.

“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” said Robert Mueller.

Some lawmakers, including Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris, said Congress must act.

“Bob Mueller was essentially referring impeachment to the United States Congress,” said Harris.

Jerry Nadler, the Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said his committee will continue to investigate the president.

“It falls on Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump. We will do so,” Nadler said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said it’s time for Congress and the administration to move on.

“We’re going to move forward doing what we think is important and focus on things that actually help people,” said Sanders.

The president also responded to Mueller by tweeting “the case is closed.”

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