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Kellyanne Conway declares Mueller report's release 'best day' since Trump's election

Kellyanne Conway declares Mueller report's release 'best day' since Trump's election
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White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? MORE declared Thursday "the best day" since President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE's election, reveling in the findings of 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 full report.

Conway spoke to reporters at the White House, where she swiped at Democrats and the media after Mueller's investigation and downplayed any potentially damaging information included in the more than 400-page document, which did not implicate Trump in conspiracy with the Russian government or obstruction of justice.

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"I called this a political proctology exam," Conway said of the report, claiming Trump had received a "clean bill of health."

Mueller's report did not establish that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. On obstruction of justice, Mueller looked at 10 episodes and did not exonerate Trump, but Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Lawyer for former officer charged in George Floyd death alleges witness coercion CNN legal analyst joins DOJ's national security division MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE determined there was not sufficient evidence to charge the president.

Conway said she read the entire report.

"That should make people very good about democracy," Conway said of the report's main findings. "And it should make people feel really great that a campaign I managed to its successful end did not collude with any Russians."

"We’re accepting apologies today, too, for anybody who feels the grace in offering them," she added.

Conway disputed that Mueller's detailed findings on how Trump may have tried to obstruct the investigation were a cause for concern, arguing that the president has the right to fire administration officials.

"Intent has never mattered to any of you, respectfully, throughout this whole thing," Conway said. "Was there intent to collude? Was there intent to commit a crime? Was there intent to conspire with Russians? Was there intent to steal the election from poor, old Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE, I'm sure for whom most of you voted.

"The intent matters and the president’s intention here was not to do that," she added. "And so intent matters and I know you want to cherry-pick one line here or one line there because the big lie that you’ve let fly for two years, it’s over folks."