Nadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting

Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler: DOJ directive to Mueller is part of 'ongoing cover up' from Trump administration Harris, Nadler introduce bill to decriminalize marijuana Why are we permitting federal child abuse at our border? MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he doesn't understand why special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE didn't charge Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump store sells more than 140,000 plastic straws in dig at 'liberal paper straws' Trump Jr., Guilfoyle raise .5 million on California swing for Trump campaign Trump Jr.'s book, 'Triggered,' to be published in November MORE and others involved in the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with criminal conspiracy.

Nadler, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," noted that Mueller said he didn't bring charges against those in the meeting because he couldn't prove they willfully intended to commit a crime.

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"Well, you don’t have to prove that," Nadler continued. "All you have to prove for conspiracy is that they entered into a meeting of the minds to do something wrong and had one overt act. They entered into a meeting of the minds to attend a meeting to get stolen material on Hillary. They went to the meeting. That’s conspiracy right there."

The 2016 meeting also reportedly involved Trump's son-in-law, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHow Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann's offer to an oligarch could boomerang on DOJ Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden MORE, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHow Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann's offer to an oligarch could boomerang on DOJ Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Key numbers to know for Mueller's testimony MORE. The associates, according to Mueller's report, agreed to the meeting with a lawyer linked to Russia who had promised dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton5 things to know about Boris Johnson Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota The Hill's Morning Report — Trump applauds two-year budget deal with 0 billion spending hike MORE.

Mueller wrote in his report, which was released last week, that he considered bringing charges because campaigns can't accept help from a foreign government or foreign nationals.

"On the facts here, the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful. The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban or the application of federal law to the relevant factual context," Mueller added. 

According to Mueller's 400-plus-page report, the special counsel’s office “did not obtain admissible evidence” that could demonstrate legal standards that campaign officials knew that the action was illegal.

“The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban” or the federal law applying to the meeting and “does not have strong evidence of surreptitious behavior or efforts at concealment at the time of the June 9 meeting,” the report states. 

"Don did nothing wrong in taking the meeting — which is why after 2 years of investigations, not a single person involved was charged with a crime by Mueller," a source close to Trump Jr. told The Hill. "It's unfortunate that instead of doing his actual job, Rep. Nadler seems hell bent on continuing to spend his time smearing and harassing a private citizen for purely partisan political reasons."

Mueller concluded in his findings that investigators found "no documentary evidence" that President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE had been made aware of the June 2016 meeting.

--Jonathan Easley contributed to this report, which was updated on April 22 at 10:17 a.m.