San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) released the following statement in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public statement this morning:

“Special Counsel Mueller reiterated that his two-year investigation did not exonerate the President of obstruction of justice. To the contrary, he said, ‘If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.’ The Special Counsel did not feel that he had the option to move forward with charges because of the Department of Justice’s policy that a sitting President cannot be indicted. He made clear that it now falls to Congress to exercise its Constitutional duties and hold the President accountable for his crimes and lies. We will continue our investigations and deliver the truth to the American people. In order to do so, Congress must receive all the underlying work product and evidence from the Department of Justice and hear testimony from key witnesses in public hearings. I share the Special Counsel’s assessment of the urgency and gravity of protecting our elections and our democracy against both foreign interference and the internal rot of public officials who put their personal interest above that of our nation. I thank the Special Counsel and his team for their service to our nation.”