Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally delivered his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign to Trump’s Attorney General William Barr, who has, in turn, summarized the findings of the investigation, stating that there is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
Mueller’s report also doesn’t conclude that Trump obstructed justice although it also does not exonerate him, leaving the ultimate decision on the issue up to Barr. It remains to be seen if the full report will be released and if the American people will finally get all of the answers they’ve been waiting so long for.
Today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to dishonestly twist the news to help her boss. During an appearance on The Today Show, she lied and said that the report is a “complete and total exoneration” despite the fact that it specifically is not.
Host Savannah Guthrie pointed out that many Americans are concerned that Barr, as Trump’s handpicked AG, might not be “on the level,” especially given the fact that he made his decision in just 48 hours. Guthrie pushed the point further, reminding viewers that Barr himself previously wrote a letter stating that Trump didn’t obstruct justice before he even had Mueller’s findings in hand.
Huckabee Sanders insisted that Barr didn’t make a “snap judgment” before devolving into a rambling spiel about Barr’s character.
“In the legal community, when you can’t convict somebody on something, you’re legally exonerating them,” Huckabee Sanders said, despite the fact that she is not part of the legal community and has no real idea what she’s talking about. Guthrie immediately corrected her.
Overall, it was a shameful performance as usual from the Press Secretary and a reminder that this White House is habitually incapable of telling the truth.
Watch the video below.
“Would you acknowledge it is incorrect for the President to call this a total exoneration?” @savannahguthrie asks @PressSec Sarah Sanders about the question of if President Trump obstructed justice pic.twitter.com/I0XnGlYWCU
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 25, 2019