Mueller to Congress: ITMFA!

He’s not saying that, of course. But he’s totally saying that, in his roundabout way:

Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a rare and remarkable public statement Wednesday his investigation could not clear President Donald Trump and that charging the President was not an option his office could consider.

In Mueller’s first public comments on the investigation since he was appointed special counsel two years ago, he emphasized that Justice Department guidelines did not allow him to charge a sitting President, and as a result his office did not determine whether the President had committed obstruction of justice.

“If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not however make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime.”

As he announced he was closing the special counsel’s office and resigning from the Justice Department, Mueller delivered a road map of how the investigation played out and the possible role that Congress could play in holding Trump accountable.

The “possible role that Congress could play” consists, of course, of IMPEACHMENT. You know, what they started to do with Nixon before he stepped down? And what they did do to Bill Clinton, who didn’t step down?

And if you’re wondering why he passed the matter along to Congress, it’s because his own job is constitutionally limited:

Charging Trump was “not an option” because Justice Department regulations prohibit charging a sitting president with a crime, Mueller said. His office was “bound by that policy.”

“It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of an actual charge,” he said.

Mueller highlighted how the “Constitution requires a process other than” the criminal justice system to hold officeholders accountable, a clear signal that his obstruction investigation into Trump may be picked up by Congress.

Mueller called the subject of his investigation “of paramount importance,” and said that obstructing an investigation “strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.”

In other words: Congress, get off your fucking duff and impeach the motherfucker already. You know, like that badass Rashida Tlaib made it clear she intended to do? Don’t leave her hanging. She can’t do it alone. Get up on your hind legs, all of you, and MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW. (Yes, even YOU, Nancy Fucking Pelosi!)

Best analysis (and summary of all the fallout) award goes to Jeff Waldorf here:

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