Robert Mueller clearly could not tell. His report to the Attorney General says there’s not enough evidence to charge Trump with a crime, and not enough evidence to exonerate him on obstruction charges, or any charge for that matter.
Trump, for his part, tweeted “complete and total exoneration” with appropriate capitals where required. But the fact of it is this is not a very satisfying thing because it leaves the smell of something in the air.
I don’t know what more anyone could have done. We know the Russians messed with the election, but not that Trump had anything to do with that. Okay. I can live with that. But I can’t live with the assumption he has been cleared of wrongdoing in any way.
Remember, this was just about the Russians. It wasn’t about the dancing girls and affairs, taxes, shenanigans, whatever about casino operations. That stuff is all being looked at by U.S. Attorneys in various places. So we shall see about that.
Don’t pay too much attention to what comes out after this report. It doesn’t mean he’s dirty and it doesn’t mean he’s clean. It just means he’s done with this particular part of the frisk.
There’s lots more to come.