Swalwell Gets Called Out After Saying Trump Was ‘Shielded’ By DOJ: ‘Mueller Never Used The Word ‘Shielded’

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), joined Fox News on Wednesday where he interviewed with Chief National Correspondent Ed Henery, on “The Story”.

This comes after Robert Mueller broke his silence and held a press conference on Wednesday morning to seemingly “muddy the waters.”

Robert Mueller reiterated the key conclusions of the Special Counsel’s report, including that he and his team could not determine whether President Trump committed a crime. “If we had confidence that the President did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he claimed.

Mueller explained that his office was bound by Justice Department regulations that prohibit a sitting President from an indictment: “Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.”

He added that it “would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.”

Between longstanding Justice Department policy and the belief that it would unfair to indict a President, Mueller said he and his team “concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the President committed a crime. That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the President.” (Continued Below)

During the interview, Eric Swalwell explained what he learned from Robert Mueller’s press briefing and claimed that President Trump wasn’t charged with a crime because he was “shielded” by a Department of Justice policy.

Ed Henery stopped Swalwell in his tracks and countered that Robert Mueller never used the word “shielded,” leaving Swalwell muttering and sputtering digging for excuses.

“Well, [Mueller] said if he didn’t commit a crime, I would say that… then he went on to say that the Department of Justice policy prohibits him from bringing charges.” (Continued Below)

Henry fired back, “Which he said in his report which came out in mid- April… my question was: What’s new? We knew that from Robert Mueller in April.”

Swalwell tried again and said, “Well, the Attorney General said that wasn’t the case. The Attorney General said that that did not factor into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to not charge the President with a crime. I think it’s pretty clear now from the Special Counsel that that is probably the only reason he wasn’t charged with a crime.”

He added of his takeaway from Mueller’s briefing: “Anyone other than the President would’ve been charged. The Russias attacked us and that should concern us… including the President, who it has not concerned and has not really acknowledged what the Russians did, and [Mueller] tossed it to Congress.”

“We now have a duty, I think, to take this to the next step. Get the full Mueller report… I think we’re on the road to impeachment. I want to make sure we get it right,” Swalwell claimed. (Video Below


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