This week, Robert Mueller made it clear that he didn’t want to be back in the spotlight again differentiating self from Comey. The Special Counsel have avoided the spotlight for two years while undertaking one of the most politically charged investigation in history.
He suddenly appeared on Wednesday, speaking in terse and carefully about findings from his investigation. After talking for about 10 minutes, he left the podium, making it clear that he didn’t want to be back in the spotlight again.
Mueller though didn’t take sides in his comments or in his report, something that ultimately will leave both sides of the political aisle unsatisfied, but is sure to maintain his well-respected reputation.
President Trump has repeatedly lashed out at democrats, saying the Mueller report exonerates him of all charges.
NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION, NO NOTHING! “What the Democrats are trying to do is the biggest sin in the impeachment business.” David Rivkin, Constitutional Scholar. Meantime, the Dems are getting nothing done in Congress. They are frozen stiff. Get back to work, much to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2019
“The reality is, it was very nonpolitical,” said Steve Gomez, a former FBI official who worked under Mueller at the bureau’s headquarters. He described Mueller as “very by the book, not looking to create any controversy, not looking to provide any political side any fodder to use for their purposes.”
Mueller doesn’t quite fit the mold in today’s Washington, where former officials such as Comey have frequented cable news to air their criticisms of Trump and his policies.
“He’s always been circumspect, understated. He’s always had an economy of words. That was pretty much exactly the guy I knew,” said Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor in D.C. who worked with Mueller.
“I know it’s frustrating for everybody because being careful, thoughtful and circumspect is not what the public is used to these days or expects,” he added.
But at the end of the day, Mueller still reiterated what was already laid out in his report. During restrained remarks from the Justice Department podium, he highlighted the “systematic” Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and said the evidence collected in the investigation was “insufficient” to charge a broader conspiracy involving members of Trump’s campaign.
Mueller explained that he didn’t make a decision one way or another on whether Trump obstructed justice because of a Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. That interpretation has put him at odds with Attorney General William Barr, who said in a CBS interview that aired Friday that he believed Mueller could have reached a conclusion on whether Trump committed a crime.