Trump actually inflated the Mueller report’s partial exoneration as “a complete and total exoneration.”
That’s half-true. On the charge of collusion, Barr’s summary quotes Mueller as saying no evidence of conspiracy or coordination with Russians by Trump’s campaign was found, but that on the obstruction of justice charge, “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Nevertheless, Trump and other Republican leaders are calling for apologies and congressional hearings into the sources and evolution of the collusion accusation. No word about apologies from Trump and other Republicans for the two years in which many of them denigrated Mueller, a registered Republican, as a partisan hack.
Trump may fume and erupt like Mount Vesuvius with rage over the allegations, but he has only himself to blame for the clouds of suspicion over his head. He has misled us so much with his “truthful hyperbole,” to quote one of his books, that we the public often don’t know what to believe.
Salt Lake City