The White House was notified Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement, an official told reporters there on Wednesday morning.Mueller's investigation ran from May 2017 to March 2019.
In his 10-minute statement, Mueller highlighted a few portions of the roughly 400-page report, including the section on whether President Trump obstructed justice.
"If we had had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so," he said. "We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime."
Mueller emphasized that Justice Department regulations do not permit the indictment of a sitting president.
He also noted the overarching findings on Russia's actions.
"There were multiple systemic efforts to interfere in our election, and that allegation deserves the attention of every American," he said.
Watch his full remarks:
One of Mueller's mandates from the Justice Department was to investigate whether President Trump's campaign coordinated with Russia in that country's interference efforts. Mueller found no such criminal conspiracy, despite detailing dozens of connections between people in Trump's orbit and those connected with Russia.The special counsel also investigated whether the president obstructed justice over the course of the investigation. The report explicitly said it did not "exonerate" Trump on the question of obstruction.
Trump responded shortly after Mueller finished, saying that his statement and report changes "nothing."