Pelosi reacts to Mueller: No one above the law

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.) vowed that House Democrats would continue their oversight probes into the Trump administration after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE briefed the public about his investigation into Russia's election meddling.

Pelosi said Mueller’s report, released in April, and his briefing “provide a record for future action both in the Congress and in the courts regarding the Trump Administration involvement in Russian interference and obstruction of the investigation.” 

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“The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the President accountable for his abuse of power. The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth,” she added.

Notably absent from Pelosi’s statement was any talk of impeachment, an issue that has gripped the House Democratic delegation in recent weeks. 

The California Democrat and other top lieutenants in House leadership have beat back calls from rank-and-file members for impeachment, which have neared a fever pitch in recent weeks as the White House defies subpoenas from several House committees.

Mueller found insufficient evidence to charge President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE with conspiring with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 elections but declined to make a prosecutorial judgement in his April report about whether the president obstructed justice regarding the investigation. In his report, Mueller outlined 10 “episodes” that his team investigated for possible obstruction.  

The special counsel doubled down on his assertion Wednesday that he did not exonerate Trump, and said, “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.”

Mueller said that existing Justice Department guidelines prevented his team from charging Trump with a crime because he is a sitting president.

Pelosi seized on Mueller’s Wednesday comments, saying the special counsel “made clear that he did not exonerate the President.”

“Despite Department of Justice policy to the contrary, no one is above the law – not even the President.”