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

George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: GOP blocking Jan. 6 commission 'more appalling' than both Trump acquittals Press: Get orange jumpsuit ready: extra large Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one MORE, a lawyer married to White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE, argued Tuesday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's report must have "something pretty damning in it" if it could not exonerate President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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 BarrBill BarrWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election 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 RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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 SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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.