Mueller finally weighed in on the controversy over his report. In a bizarre twist of journalistic ineptitude, mainstream news sources seem to be having trouble reconciling his public statements. Perhaps it’s because the media is zeroing in on Mueller stating they weren’t confident Trump did not commit a crime while conveniently ignoring his next sentence.
The paragons of journalistic excellence over at CBS and other news outlets today are once again, reporting only half of what was said. First thing’s first, let’s take a look at the statement within context. Yesterday, Robert Mueller made the following public statement with regard to obstruction of justice.
“The order appointing the special council authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation and we kept the office of the acting attorney general apprised of the progress of our work. And as set forth in the report after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so. We did not however make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.“
Late last night and early this morning, the air waves were filled with how Attorney General Barr has been contradicted by Mueller’s statement. The proof presented was Mueller’s lack of confidence that the president did not commit a crime.
The problem with the media narrative here is that after Mueller states he wasn’t confident the president didn’t commit a crime, he goes on to say they did not determine that the president did commit a crime. Well, that second sentence is every bit as important as the one preceding it.
So, here’s the bottom line. During the course of his investigation, Mueller wasn’t sure if Trump committed a crime. Nor was he sure Trump did not commit a crime. Essentially Mueller is saying that he doesn’t know, and that levying an accusation against the president was never on the table anyways.
Thusly Mueller left it up to the Attorney General to figure out if there was a crime committed. Attorney General Barr applied the law and determined the evidence did not constitute criminal obstruction. Case closed, let’s move on now while hopefully paying closer attention to the things we don’t want to hear, just as much as we pay attention to the things we do want to hear.