There were plenty of long faces when special counsel Robert Mueller's report on a 2-year investigation into the Trump campaign's dealings with Russia reached no finding of criminal conduct on the part of Trump and his campaign team.
The Washington Post reports that was a choice taken by Mueller from the outset. There would be no charges, no sealed indictments, there wouldn't even be findings of possible crimes.
For nearly two years, the public, Congress and the White House waited to learn if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III would find that President Trump had committed crimes. When the answer was finally revealed, it turned out Mueller didn’t think that was his job at all.
The special counsel ended his investigation last month, pointedly choosing not to reach a conclusion about whether the president had obstructed justice.
In a report of its findings, Mueller’s team said that choice was driven in large part by a long-standing legal opinion at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that a sitting president should not be indicted, even if the charges remained sealed.
Mueller's team concluded that also meant they could not accuse the president of a crime, even in secret internal documents, the report said.