In his final report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced that no criminal charges would be brought against Donald Trump for collusion or obstruction of justice. Naturally, Trump ran almost immediately with this news, insisting that it meant he had been completely exonerated. However, if you read the redacted report that was publicly released last week in its entirety, it appears he may have been a bit premature with that declaration.
You see, Robert Mueller spelled out rather clearly in the report that Donald Trump had actually committed numerous felony acts of obstruction of justice. Nevertheless, while Mueller stated that he would not be bringing any charges against Trump, he only did so because he did not believe it would be appropriate to take such a position with a sitting president. Shortly thereafter, Mueller also implied that if Trump were to be impeached, it would not impede the ability of prosecutors to bring criminal charges against him once he’s removed from office.
Considering Robert Mueller is a veteran prosecutor, it’s safe to say there was a lot of tact involved in spelling out all of this. It’s almost as if he expects criminal charges are in Donald Trump’s future and is practically daring House Democrats to go ahead and impeach Trump now so that those charges — including everything from obstruction, to the illegal payoff to Stormy Daniels, to whatever the Democrats uncover in the Trump financial records that they’re in the process of seizing — will follow.
Needless to say, if Donald Trump and his loyal supporters overlooked this and/or are refusing to acknowledge any of it, they’re in denial. There’s absolutely now way a jury is going to acquit Trump on the full laundry list of criminal charges he’s sure to face. Even if the House Democrats don’t take the bait and begin the impeachment process, Trump could be facing charges the moment he leaves office at the end of his term.
In other words…exonerated? Not so much.