Fox News host Shepard Smith said Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller “directly contradicted” President Trump and members of his administration while delivering a public statement about the bottom-line conclusions of his 22-month investigation into Russian interference and obstruction of justice.
“Four hours ago, the special counsel made his first public statement about the Russia investigation. In doing so, he directly contradicted what we’ve heard from the White House,” Smith said told Fox News viewers. “The special counsel stated clearly that his findings do not exonerate the president.”
Smith explained that Mueller’s public comments appeared to contradict some of President Trump’s claims that his report was a “complete and total exoneration,” as the president claimed in March.
No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019
“The president has said there was no collusion. Robert Mueller says there was not enough evidence to bring charges,” Smith said before transitioning to a clip of Mueller explaining his office’s “conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy.”
Smith noted that Mueller stated that during his investigation he was prohibited by Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines from indicting a sitting president even if he found evidence of a crime.
Mueller on Wednesday said that his office did not bring charges against Trump because it “was not an option” under DOJ regulations.
He stated that if his team “had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.” Mueller also said that the Constitution requires a “process other than the criminal justice system” to take action against a president.