Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report

Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report
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White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Florida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution Trump adopts familiar mantra on possible recession: fake news MORE said Sunday that the word "exoneration" was not necessary in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's report in order to clear President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE.

"Yes, and the word exoneration was unnecessary in the Mueller report and I would say inappropriate," Conway said after being asked ABC's "This Week" if the report exonerated Trump on obstruction of justice.

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Mueller's report, the result of a nearly 2-year investigation, did not find evidence to conclude that Trump's 2016 campaign coordinated with Russia, but was much less decisive on obstruction of justice issues.

Mueller looked at 10 episodes of potential obstruction and did not exonerate Trump.

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state," the report reads.

"Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Mueller report fades from political conversation Barr removes prisons chief after Epstein death MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' MORE then determined there was not sufficient evidence to charge the president. 

Conway took issue with Mueller raising the issue of obstruction but declining to prosecute, comparing it to former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended MORE's July 2016 press conference where he announced the Justice Department was declining to prosecute Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Soft levels of support mark this year's Democratic primary MORE.

“You just don't do that," Conway said. "You either prosecute or you don't. You either bring an indictment or you don't.”

Trump and his team have taken a victory lap following the report's release to the public on Thursday, touting "complete and total exoneration" despite the lack of those words in the report itself.