Attorney George Conway argued Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report must have “something pretty damning in it” if it could not fully exonerate President Trump on the question of obstruction of justice.
Conway, a lawyer married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post that it was “stunning” for Mueller to include a line in his report stating that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
“Mueller didn’t have to say that. Indeed, making that very point, the president’s outside counsel, Rudolph W. Giuliani, called the statement a ‘cheap shot,'” Conway wrote. “But Mueller isn’t prone to cheap shots; he plays by the rules, every step of the way. If his report doesn’t exonerate the president, there must be something pretty damning in it about him, even if it might not suffice to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Attorney General William Barr on Sunday shared a 4-page letter summarizing what he described as Mueller’s “principal conclusions.”
According to Barr, Mueller “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment” regarding whether Trump attempted to obstruct the probe itself. Barr claims that Mueller left the decision up to the Justice Department.
Barr wrote that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that the evidence was “not sufficient” to establish that Trump obstructed the investigation.
Conway argued that Mueller wrote his report in such a way that allows “the American people and Congress to decide what to make of the facts.”
“Americans should expect far more from a president than merely that he not be probably a criminal,” Conway wrote. “They should expect a president to comport himself in accordance with the high duties of his office.”
“If the charge were unfitness for office, the verdict would already be in: guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” Conway concluded.