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 ConwayJuan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle George Conway group targets Tillis's loyalty to Trump in new ad George Conway group launches campaign to gin up GOP and independent support for Biden MORE said Sunday that the word "exoneration" was not necessary in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report in order to clear President TrumpDonald John TrumpMulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus Former CBS News president: Most major cable news outlets 'unrelentingly liberal' in 'fear and loathing' of Trump An old man like me should be made more vulnerable to death by COVID-19 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 sides with religious leaders in fight against governors Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSenate Republicans issue first subpoena in Biden-Burisma probe Graham to release report on his probe into Russia investigation before election McConnell embraces subpoena of Obama-era officials 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 ComeyFBI director Wray orders internal review of Flynn case Grenell says intelligence community working to declassify Flynn-Kislyak transcripts FBI director stuck in the middle with 'Obamagate' 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 Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff 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.