On Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave his first public address after completing his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and into alleged collusion between members of the Trump campaign team with Russian entities.
Mueller’s statement mostly addressed the final report, which was publicly released by Attorney General William Barr that made no charges against President Trump on collusion or obstruction of justice.
In his address at the Department of Justice, Mueller reiterated that his report did not bring any charges against Trump but said it did not necessarily make him innocent.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said during the address on Wednesday. “We did not determine whether the president did commit a crime.”
“We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony,” he continued, adding he would not wish to testify any further on the matter. Mueller did not take questions from reporters.
BizPac Review reports Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he believes Mueller’s comments went too far in the capacity of an independent investigator, tipping the scales to help Trump-critics.
“What I saw today was him putting his thumb, his elbow on the scale,” Dershowitz told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “When he said, ‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.’ That was absolutely inappropriate for him to say.”
“It was worse than anything that Comey said when he exonerated Hillary Clinton and then said, but she engaged in extremely careless conduct. Everybody condemned that. This is much, much worse,” he continued.
“It does show that he had a motive to help the Democrats here,” Dershowitz contended.
He added: “There is no other possible motive why he would have gone out of his way to say that. He could have easily said the opposite. But, no, he emphasized only the possibility that the president might have committed a crime.”
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Dershowitz slammed the special counsel for basically declaring that although his investigation could not prove Trump committed a crime, it also could not prove that he did NOT, thereby rendering the presumption of innocence useless.
“That went well beyond his authority as special counsel,” Dershowitz declared.
“It also showed we should have never had a special counsel. We should have had an objective, neutral, nonpartisan investigative commission looking into the entire effort of Russia to intrude itself into the ’16 election and continuing to the ’20 election and proposing efforts to ameliorate that in the future,” he added.
“A special counsel was a terrible, terrible mistake,” the law professor concluded, “and I think Mueller’s statement today proves that beyond any doubt.”