After a period of silence, Robert Mueller came forward to give an additional statement on his report to explain that while he couldn’t charge Donald Trump with any crimes while he remained President, but this does not mean, by any stretch, “total exoneration.”
“If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” said Mueller. He then heavily implied that the way to go is for Congress to continue the investigation and opt for impeachment.
This statement has revitalized calls for Trump’s impeachment among the public and many members of the Democratic party, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.
What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable.
We need to start impeachment proceedings. It's our constitutional obligation.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 29, 2019
Trump and the White House have officially responded to Mueller’s statement, and by “officially,” we mean they tweeted about it.
Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
This is, of course, not how criminal justice in the U.S. works, especially in this case. The case is far from closed, as many on Twitter have tried (and are still trying) to explain to the President many times.
You know, when they’re not just mocking him into the ground.
That’s … not how this works. Ask one of your non-jailed lawyers. pic.twitter.com/LUGt2W2e7f
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) May 29, 2019
That's not what he said boss. He said he wasn't allowed to charge you for the crimes he believed you committed.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) May 29, 2019
Sorry Con. Your BS does not play any longer. He said if he could have said you were innocent he would have. The only thing now protecting you is the con you pulled on America. Mueller was clear, you committed crimes.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 29, 2019
there was insufficient evidence to charge you with treason because you obstructed justice. Since Mueller is not allowed to charge you for your crimes of obstruction of justice, he handed it to Congress to impeach you. When you leave office you'll be charged with far more crimes.
— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) May 29, 2019
Well, yeah… "innocent before proven guilty" and all that… a truism which is 100% appropriate in criminal cases.
Except DOJ policy prevents a federal prosecutor from even beginning proceedings to prove your guilt.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) May 29, 2019
You listen as well as you read, it seems.
— PSaunders???????? (@psaunders1959) May 29, 2019
Hmm, why didn’t he say you didn’t commit obstruction?
— chris deluca (@whatsucksblog) May 29, 2019
That person is Tiffany.
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) May 29, 2019
Innocent until proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt has long been the standard here in the oldest country in the world. That’s why I teach the youth football players I coach to fight opposing players out of view of their teachers.
— Coach Letterman (@3YearLetterman) May 29, 2019
I would never leave that White House if I were you…
— hoppalooza (@Hoppalooza) May 29, 2019
Donald also retweeted Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ tweet about the White House’s response, which is just an extended version of Trump’s Twitter dismissal.
White House Statement on Mueller statement today: pic.twitter.com/f5TXzf3Qpd
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) May 29, 2019
As we all know, the only way to move on with your life over something is to get in front of the entire American public and stress that your report is only the beginning and Congress needs to pick up what you find an run with it all the way to Impeachment Junction.
This is the same BS statement you made before you even read the report. Mueller clearly stated that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian Gov’t. And he made it clear Trump committed numerous crimes. And he would’ve indicted him if he weren’t president. You’re a liar.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) May 29, 2019
“There is insufficient evidence that I’m a crook!” -Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/Aq93XPL0DS
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) May 29, 2019
We knew Trump’s base didn’t read the Mueller report but does Sarah Slanders really think they were unable to understand Mueller’s words?
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) May 29, 2019
Your favorite band must be the Spin Doctors.
— Keedee (@keedee027) May 29, 2019
Sarah remember when you kept lying to the press and got caught and won’t do a press briefing anymore?
— The Hebrewhammer (Text JOE to 30303) (@TheHebroohammr) May 29, 2019
— Nicole, the other one… (@highmountainli2) May 29, 2019
"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so." <— this statement contradicts everything you are speciously claiming.
— PC: United (@PCUnitedPage) May 29, 2019
Ms Sanders, it can’t be easy, lying every day. Thoughts and prayers!
— Samantha #unviable Ritchie #NHSLove (@LadyValetta) May 29, 2019
Suck. It. ("It" being the Constitution and long-held principles of decency and justice.)
— Rick G. Rosner (@dumbassgenius) May 29, 2019
Please quote the part where he said there was no obstruction.
— Nasty Woman ♀️???? (@LadieRane) May 29, 2019
These were the responses in between everybody just repeating that same Mueller quote about how if he had found that Trump hadn’t committed any crimes he would have said that. That’ll be one for the history books.