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

Greg Nash

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that the word “exoneration” was not necessary in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in order to clear President Trump.

“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.

{mosads}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 Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein 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 Comey’s July 2016 press conference where he announced the Justice Department was declining to prosecute Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“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.

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