After Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report was released on Thursday following the end of a nearly two-year investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump‘s 2016 election campaign and Russia, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway offered people the chance to apologize to the president.
Speaking with reporters in Washington, D.C., Conway echoed the president’s reaction by calling Thursday “really the best day since he got elected” and adding that there’s “no collusion.” She proceeded to offer forgiveness with a subtle swipe at the frequent critics who’ve repeatedly previously called collusion in the Russian probe.
“We’re accepting apologies today, too, for anybody who feels the grace in offering them,” Conway said, joining Rep. Steve Scalise in encouraging apologies from Democrats.
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Kellyanne Conway says the Mueller report should make people "feel really great that a campaign that I managed to a successful end did not collude with any Russians."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 18, 2019
Following the attorney general’s press conference, Mueller’s final redacted report was released to the public on Thursday. As Barr stated at the press conference, “President Trump faced an unprecedented situation.”
“As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinizing his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” he added.
However, the report was met with criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who joined together to critique Barr’s alleged “indefensible plan to spin the report,” as IJR Blue reported.
“The American people deserve the truth, not a sanitized version of the Mueller Report approved by the Trump Admin,” Pelosi said.
In regard to the report being an alleged “sanitized” version, Barr made known at the press conference that the president’s personal lawyers “were given the opportunity to read a final version of the redacted report before it was publicly released.”
As IJR Red reported, Republican lawmakers called out former President Barack Obama’s previous use of executive privilege and noted that, in contrast, “[Trump] invoked no executive privilege, in unprecedented transparency.”