The mainstream media was roiling Thursday after the full, redacted Mueller Report was released, showing no criminal conduct on the part of President Trump.
Liberal journalists were scrambling to find things in the report that make the president look bad and were still clinging to the hope that there were still some grounds for impeachment.
They went into attack mode when Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke with them at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
“[This is] really the best day since he got elected,” she told reporters as she approached the microphones.
“So, Kellyanne, how is this a medical exam when the president still wasn’t cleared on obstruction?” a member of the press demanded, making reference to a previous comment.
“I call this a political proctology exam,” Conway corrected her. “Actually, the attorney general and the deputy attorney general in the original four-page memo said that they found no basis for obstruction. You know he’s been cleared.”
And then Conway went for the jugular.
“Look, this is the Mueller Report, the Mueller investigation. Mueller’s team helped with the redactions, so all of you who have been talking about how wonderful the Mueller team was and how important it was to protect Mueller, how important it was to protect the investigation, how important it was to protect the deputy attorney general — that report makes very clear that this White House and this president and none of us got in their way,” she slashed at them.
“Never interfered, never refused to reply with the requests,” she continued, speaking against the media’s continued claims of obstruction after their Russia collusion narrative fell flat. “Lots of people went over there and testified. Many documents produced.”
“The Department of Justice made very clear that every request that they issued was actually responded to and fulfilled,” Conway added. “That should make people feel very good about democracy and should make them feel great that a campaign that I managed to a successful end did not collude with any Russians.”
And then she launched a true zinger.
“We’re accepting apologies today, too, for anyone who feels the grace in offering them.”
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. And the barbs kept flying.
“There was no collusion and there certainly was no criminal conspiracy with any Russians,” she said. “When I needed to find negative information about Hillary Clinton and how to beat her, I looked no further than Hillary Clinton.”
And then CNN’s Jim Acosta opened his mouth.
“There were moments mentioned in the Mueller report where there were contacts between the Trump campaign, Trump associates, and Russian operatives,” he began. “What happened after that is we got some false information about those contacts from the campaign, from people at the White House, from the press secretary, and so on.”
“Is there a question in there?” Conway shot back.
“The question is, is there any regret for passing on false information to explain some of these contacts…?” Acosta asked.
“About whom are you speaking?” Conway replied. “Because I’ve yet to meet some of these people, and I was a campaign manager. I’ve never met Carter Page. I don’t think I’ve met George Papadopoulos — maybe I have.”
“Total exoneration from that, Jim,” she added after Acosta started mentioning a Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort.
She then called out the mainstream media for spreading rumors and falsehoods, saying, “You conjectured about it for two years, and it’s not true.”
“You’re just going to have to move on,” Conway told CNN. “We’ve got to be honest with the American people.”