The White House has come up with a new lie as Trump‘s Mueller report cover story is falling apart.
KARL: So, there’s no question that Barr quotes Mueller directly in saying that he did not find that there was collusion between the campaign and the Russians. But why do you, and why does the president say that Mueller found no obstruction, in fact he makes no such statement. Let’s look at his exact words, this is as quoted by Bill Barr, while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.
So the president’s out there saying full exoneration. The words are “does not exonerate him.”
MULVANEY: Keep in mind a couple of things, I think that’s actually – that’s a pull quote from the Mueller report, that’s not Barr’s interpretation.
MULVANEY: I couldn’t see the exact quote.
KARL: Yes, that’s right.
MULVANEY: Keep in mind that is not what these documents do. When you do an investigation like this, there’s typically two outcomes, either criminal indictments come down or it just quietly goes away.
These types of investigations are not designed to exonerate people. So what you’ve saw here is simply Mueller saying you know what? I’m going to let Barr call this one. He had plenty of evidence to say on collusion absolutely not and he actually punted over to Barr.
Again, that’s the way the system can and does work. Barr, if you go elsewhere in the letter, lower down again I don’t have a copy sitting in front of me, it says that he and Rod Rosenstein, who up until last week was a darling of the left, found not a single – not a single piece of conduct, not a single act that constituted obstruction.
So that’s why we are absolutely comfortable saying that the president has been fully exonerated. Yes, Barr – excuse me – Mueller does use those words, but again, those are words you would typically find in this type of investigation.
.@jonkarl: “Why do you and why does the president say that Mueller found no obstruction?…he makes no such statement…the president’s out there saying full exoneration”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 31, 2019
Mueller did not punt obstruction of justice to Barr
Notice that Mulvaney confuses Barr and Mueller’s names while talking about them. Even the White House can’t keep the story straight. Mueller did not decide to leave the decision up to Barr. Mueller believed that the decision on obstruction should be made by Congress. Robert Mueller prepared his report with the intention that it be presented in full to Congress.
Trump wasn’t totally exonerated. The White House‘s cover story is falling apart as the Mueller report con is being exposed as a diversion from the evidence and facts.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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