Kellyanne Conway's husband: Mueller's report must show 'something pretty damning' about Trump
In a new op-ed on Tuesday, George Conway, a conservative legal expert and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, explained that he was not surprised by much in the recent summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report.
A conspiracy charge, he argued, was always unlikely, in part because Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election didn't need the Trump campaign's direct help. And the obstruction case, he said, is complicated both by President Donald Trump's position at the top of the executive branch and his "twisted" mind, so the fact that Mueller didn't come down conclusively on it was within expectations.
But there was one big surprise for Conway in the summary, which was written by Attorney General Bill Barr.
...Barr’s letter revealed something unexpected about the obstruction issue: that Mueller said that his “report does not conclude that the President committed a crime” but that “it also does not exonerate him.” The report does not exonerate the president? That’s a stunning thing for a prosecutor to say. Mueller didn’t have to say that. Indeed, making that very point, the president’s outside counsel, Rudolph Giuliani, called the statement a “cheap shot.”
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. And in saying that the report “catalogu[ed] the President’s actions, many of which took place in public view,” Barr’s letter makes clear that the report also catalogues actions taken privately that shed light on possible obstruction, actions that the American people and Congress yet know nothing about.
At the same time, and equally remarkably, Mueller, according to Barr, said that he “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment” regarding obstruction. Reading that statement together with the no-exoneration statement, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that Mueller wrote his report to allow the American people and Congress to decide what to make of the facts. And that is what should — must — happen now.
He goes on to say though, that regardless of the report's release, Trump is "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" of at least one thing: being unfit for office.