Mueller calls for focus on Russian interference—so Twitter talks impeachment

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Today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference where he reiterated the findings of his investigation into the 2016 election, calling Russian efforts to interfere real, and saying they should be of the utmost concern.

He even concluded his press conference with a warning to the American people, saying there were “multiple, systematic efforts” to interfere in the election and that deserves the attention of “every American.”

So naturally, everyone wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. In the conference, Mueller reiterated a claim from his report, which said that if they had determined the president had not committed obstruction of justice, they would have cleared him.

In the wake of the report’s release, Trump has repeatedly claimed that there was “no obstruction” found by Mueller, so this was somewhat a rebuke of that.

Mueller said though that, because of Department of Justice policy, charging the president with a crime was “not an option we could consider.”

And left-leaning Twitter read a lot into the press conference, claiming it was Mueller signaling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

At least one member of Congress agreed. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has been vocal about impeachment in the past and agreed Mueller was sending a message.

The president had his own view of the presser.

There is also the chance Mueller wasn’t sending secret signals and really does want the nation to focus on Russian election interference.

But good luck with that.

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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