Muller’s report was delivered to the Department of Justice on Saturday and summarized by Attorney General Wiliam Barr in a four-page letter to Congress on Sunday. Barr’s summary stated that Mueller did not find the Trump campaign colluded with Russian actors to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election but that the president had not been exonerated from possibly obstructing justice.
According to Barr’s summary, the special counsel wrote that, “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Still, Trump tweeted the opposite.
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
Twitter users were quick to fact-check the president, noting that the line Barr included in his summary about Trump not being exonerated was seemingly a direct quote from Mueller’s findings.
Fact-check — The letter from the Attorney General literally says something different: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) March 24, 2019
The Mueller report does NOT exonerate you of obstruction. The House will investigate you and you are being investigated by New York Attorney General. Enjoy years of presidential harassment!
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 24, 2019
You’re a complete and utter liar. The report said that it “did not exonerate” you but left it up to the attorney general whether to indict you. Of course your self appointed guy wasn’t going to do that.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) March 24, 2019
“While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also DOES NOT EXONERATE HIM.”
— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) March 24, 2019
Trump just said it is a “complete and total exoneration.”
Barr, literally quoting from Mueller: “While the report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2019
SPECIAL COUNSEL: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
WHITE HOUSE: “The findings of the DOJ are a total & complete exoneration of POTUS.”
The Trump administration gaslights about everything. https://t.co/TeGeMG5sPG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 24, 2019
Barr letter quotes Mueller: This “does not exonerate him.”
Conservatives: ”tHiS COmPLETeLy eXOnerAtES tRuMP!!!!!”
Reading is not fundamental for these folks.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) March 24, 2019
Barr wrote that Mueller left the decision of whether to prosecute Trump for attempting to obstruct justice by interfering in the special counsel’s investigation to Barr. The attorney general wrote there wasn’t sufficient evidence to conclude Trump obstructed justice.