No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” — Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Either President Trump truly can’t read even the sanitized version of the Mueller report that his specially chosen Attorney General whitewashed for public consumption, or the reality distortion field that he tries to project to deflect the harsh truths of reality has invaded his psyche to the extent that he’s believing his own propagandist lies.
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President Trump’s inevitable Twitter boast that the Mueller report is a “Complete and Total EXONERATION” is as damaging to the public faith in the American justice system as any of his previous attacks on Mueller and his investigatory team were while the probe was ongoing.
After spending nearly two years attacking the Special Counsel’s investigation as a partisan “Witch Hunt” supervised by Hillary Clinton supporters that could not be trusted to deliver an accurate and unbiased conclusion, Trump suddenly accepts the parts of the report that vindicate him — at least as distilled into a summary free of incriminating details by his hand-picked minion — and simply ignores the extremely clear statement that specifically states that he IS NOT EXONERATED, to venture into Trumpian emphasis.
With Democrats refusing to accept Attorney General Barr’s summary as the final word on the Mueller report without getting to read the full report for themselves, Trump’s declaration of victory demonstrates exactly how far his administration will be willing to go to bury the report and ignore the many questions that remain after reading the exculpatory summary lacking in the detail necessary to judge Barr’s own decision to not pursue obstruction of justice charges against the president.
It’s now obvious that unless Mueller’s report is released to the public in its entirety, the many questions that remain about the president’s conduct will continue to bedevil Trump’s opponents while the administration does everything possible to make the report disappear into the archives.
In remarks to reporters as he got ready to board an Air Force One flight back to Washington DC from his Mar-a-Lago golf and political tribute weekend, Trump declared that “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. It’s a shame that your president has had to go through this.”
It’s a shame that Trump is mischaracterizing what Mueller concluded.
It’s a shame that our country has had to live through his corrupt and incompetent administration.
It’s a shame that the Attorney General has refused to be as transparent as possible as he promised.
It’s a shame that everyone is forgetting the still open investigations of Trump’s business empire being conducted by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.
It’s a shame that some people will believe the president and think that he’s been exonerated,
It’s a shame that the fight for justice will continue and the political process will be frozen as partisan battles prevent any meaningful solutions to the country’s avalanche of problems from healthcare to infrastructure to immigration from being passed.
It’s a shame that the Russian interference in our elections proven by Mueller’s report is being ignored, since — whether it involved “collusion” with Trump and his campaign team or not —it resulted in the Trump presidency.
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