George Conway: Mueller report must have 'something pretty damning' if it can't exonerate Trump

George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayGeorge Conway calls for Congress to remove Trump: He's 'a cancer' Conway's husband calls out Barr over original framing of Mueller report Conway's husband mocks Trump for giving advice to Boeing MORE, a lawyer married to White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySchiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report Giuliani: 'It would not have been obstruction' if Trump had fired Mueller MORE, argued Tuesday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report must have "something pretty damning in it" if it could not exonerate President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as 'an attack on humanity' Schiff rips Conway's 'display of alternative facts' on Russian election interference MORE on the question of obstruction of justice.

Conway, a frequent critic of Trump who recently feuded with the president on Twitter, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post that it was "stunning" for Mueller to include a line in his report stating that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

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"Mueller didn’t have to say that. Indeed, making that very point, the president’s outside counsel, Rudolph W. Giuliani, called the statement a 'cheap shot,'" Conway wrote. "But Mueller isn’t prone to cheap shots; he plays by the rules, every step of the way. If his report doesn’t exonerate the president, there must be something pretty damning in it about him, even if it might not suffice to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt."

Mueller's report has not been released publicly, but Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Mueller report unveils American democracy under Russian attack Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report MORE on Sunday shared a summary of what he described as Mueller’s "principal conclusions," revealing that Mueller did not find evidence to establish that members or associates of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 election.

According to Barr, Mueller also "ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment" regarding whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe itself — leaving the decision up to the Justice Department.

Barr wrote that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinKellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump MORE determined that the evidence was "not sufficient" to establish that Trump obstructed the investigation. 

Conway argued that, based on the Justice Department summary, Mueller wrote his report in such a way that allows "the American people and Congress to decide what to make of the facts."

"Americans should expect far more from a president than merely that he not be provably a criminal," Conway wrote. "They should expect a president to comport himself in accordance with the high duties of his office."

Conway highlighted Trump’s frequent public attacks on Mueller, former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Trump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller MORE and other Justice Department officials throughout the nearly two-year investigation.

"If the charge were unfitness for office, the verdict would already be in: guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," Conway concluded.

Conway has emerged as one of the president’s most frequent critics, despite his wife’s high-ranking position in the Trump administration.

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Trump responded to the lawyer earlier this month, sharing a tweet from his campaign manager Brad Parscale accusing Conway of being jealous of his wife and calling him "a total loser!"

The men have continued to trade barbs on Twitter, with Trump calling Conway the "husband from helland a "whack job" and Conway calling Trump "nuts."

Kellyanne Conway has stood by the president, saying her husband is not a medical professional and should not be questioning his mental fitness.