The mainstream media had a meltdown Thursday when the full, redacted Mueller Report was released. It didn’t appear to show any criminal conduct on President Trump’s part.
But news outlets pounced all over one line in the report to try to make themselves feel better.
In one section of the report. former attorney general Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff Jody Hunt recounted the moment when the president found out that a Special Counsel had been appointed to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion, according to Fox News.
“According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair, and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm [expletived]’,” the report reads.
Many liberals are taking that as an admission of guilt on Trump’s part that he did engage in criminal conduct.
But the report continues: “The President became angry and lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, ‘How could you let this happen, Jeff?’”
“The President said the position of Attorney General was his most important appointment and that Sessions had ‘let [him] down,’ contrasting him with Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy. Sessions recalled that the President said to him, ‘you were supposed to protect me,’ or words to that effect,” the report said.
And then it said: “The president returned to the consequences of the appointment and said, ‘Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won't be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.’”
Conservative blogger Matt Walsh explained what that second part meant.
“The left is making a big deal out of a section of the report that reveals Trump's worried reaction to the special counsel,” Walsh wrote on Twitter. “But in that same paragraph, the part they don't show, Trump explains that he's worried because of the political implications, not any crime he committed.”
Read the full report on the Department of Justice website.