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if we had had cog confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so they could be the sixteen words that changed everything after special counsel Robert Muller in a move that stunned Washington abruptly ended his nearly two year silence on the Russia probe and pointedly declined to exonerate president Donald Trump on the issue of obstruction of justice his words breathing new life into the push by some Democrats to see trump impeached special counsel house Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler with respect to impeachment question at this point well options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out authorized us to in his stunning appearance at the justice department Muller said bringing criminal charges against trump for trying to impede his work was not an option as justice department policy for bids indicting a sitting president but then he added this the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system , to formally accused a sitting president of wrongdoing justice department reporter Andy Sullivan is on the story now that's a clear reference to the impeachment process the the the those words did not cross smaller slips he didn't say impeachment but he knows that Democrats are considering whether to move forward with impeachment and %HESITATION this is certainly seen as a sign by many leading Democrats that they ought to move forward White House contenders ramping up the call for impeachment included senators come all Heris and Cory Booker who said Muller's findings created quote a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately Muller's report found insufficient evidence that trump's campaign conspired with Moscow in the twenty sixteen race but he outlined ten separate episodes in which trump tried to impede the probe leading Democrats to dig deeper speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and other house leaders have worked to put out the impeachment fire during a voter backlash in twenty twenty that could favor trump nothing is off the table , but we do want to make an iron clad case hello see is pushing instead for oversight investigations including I hearing from Muller Miller said he was done talking about the probe and seem to rule out testifying before Congress in contrast to the Democrats Republicans took Muller's remarks to mean he was moving on and it was time for Democrats to do the same including trump himself %HESITATION tweeted there was insufficient evidence and therefore in our country a person is innocent the case is closed but congressman Justin Amash the lone Republican member of Congress calling for trump's impeachment double down after Muller spoke tweeting the ball is in our court Congress