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 ConwayGeorge Conway: Pelosi is playing Trump 'like a drum' Schumer: Trump was 'agitated' during White House infrastructure meeting Trump, Pelosi exchange insults as feud intensifies MORE said Sunday that the word "exoneration" was not necessary in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's report in order to clear President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats claim victory as Trump gets battered in court Juan Williams: Anti-abortion extremism is on the rise Trump feels squeeze in tax return fight 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.

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 BarrTrump math: 1 + 1 + 1 = zero accountability Trump's declassification order helps Barr to uncover the truth Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump 'could well be treason' MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill Jake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general 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 ComeyLiz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump 'could well be treason' Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign 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 ClintonTester will endorse a 2020 candidate 'in the next week' Democratic candidates should counter Trump's foreign policy 2020 Democrats jockey over surging college costs 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.