1. Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks onto stage, shakes hands with Gloria Duffy at Commonwealth Club of California event
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"Yes I think it would be useful for him (Robert Mueller) to testify before Congress. First of all let me thank him for his patriotism, to him and to his team of lawyers and analysts and the rest who provided some important documentation of a laying out of the facts of what happened and very clearly stating that Russia made an assault on our elections. And that's just plain wrong. That's an attack on America. He also was clear in saying that if he thought the president could be cleared, he would have cleared him, but he didn't. And that is very clear. So he has given us an array of facts which we will take to the Congress and to the courts as we go forward as we investigate and litigate."
3. Wide of Pelosi and Duffy on stage
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"The report- it has been misrepresented grossly by the attorney general. And while I have the utmost respect for special counsel Mueller and the work that he and his team did, I have total disrespect for the attorney general of the United States for his speaking untruths under oath before the Congress of the United States. And in addition to that misrepresenting in his spoon fed by his own choosing of words what the Mueller report was about. It did a disservice to truth and he did a disservice to the country."
5. Commonwealth Club sign on stage
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"I said that we are on a path that we would hope that if it is justified to bring impeachment that it would be clear to the Senate as well. The decision has to go down this path will be to be determined by the facts and where they take us."
7. Image of Pelosi above stage
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"You don't bring an indictment or you don't bring an impeachment unless you have all of the facts the strongest possible case so that the president is held accountable one way or another in the court of public opinion or in the court of law or in the Congress of the United States."
9. Pelosi and Duffy stand up to audience applause as event ends
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress will take the facts provided by special counsel Robert Mueller's report and continue with its own investigations, saying "nothing is off the table."
Pelosi spoke in California after Mueller indicated Wednesday that it's up to Congress to decide what to do next with his findings. The special counsel stressed in his first public statement on the Russia investigation that he didn't exonerate Trump, as the president claims. Mueller said he was guided by Justice Department policy against bringing charges against a sitting president.
Speaking at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Pelosi said she wants congressional committees to investigate whether Trump obstructed Mueller's investigation. She said, "Where they will lead us, we shall see" and added, "Nothing is off the table."
Mueller said Wednesday that charging President Donald Trump with a crime was "not an option" because of federal rules, but he used his first public remarks on the Russia investigation to emphasize that he did not exonerate the president.
The special counsel's remarks stood as a pointed rebuttal to Trump's repeated claims that he was cleared and that the two-year inquiry was merely a "witch hunt." They also marked a counter to criticism, including by Attorney General William Barr, that Mueller should have reached a determination on whether the president illegally tried to obstruct the probe by taking actions such as firing his FBI director.
Mueller made clear that his team never considered indicting Trump because the Justice Department prohibits the prosecution of a sitting president.
Mueller did not use the word 'impeachment," but said it was the job of Congress — not the criminal justice system — to hold the president accountable for any wrongdoing.
The special counsel's statement largely echoed the central points of his 448-page report, which was released last month with some redactions. But his remarks, just under 10 minutes long and delivered from a Justice Department podium, were extraordinary given that he had never before discussed or characterized his findings and had stayed mute during two years of feverish public speculation.