With a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report available to the public, everyone is trying the spin the document to suit their message.
Democrats have called for the full report to be released and demanded that Mueller testify on Capitol Hill. But online, they had a different approach — unearthing old videos of Republicans talking about obstruction.
The Mueller report doesn’t accuse the president of colluding with Russia, nor does it directly accuse him of obstruction. However, there are 10 instances in which the report says that Trump may have tried to obstruct justice. Those include the president telling former FBI Director James Comey to let former national security adviser Michael Flynn go and trying to get former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take control of the investigation.
On Thursday, the Democratic National Committee’s “War Room” Twitter account shared videos of Republicans talking about obstruction of justice, and the clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sounds eerily familiar.
In the short clip from an old “Meet the Press” appearance, Graham says that “he doesn’t have to say, ‘Go lie for me,’ to be a crime. You don’t have to say, ‘Let’s obstruct justice,’ for it to be a crime. You judge people on their conduct, not magic phrases.”
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) April 18, 2019
While the Democrats aren’t extremely pleased with the final Mueller report, the Republicans and the president have already started touting the results. On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump was already fundraising off the report in an email list, and later in the day, he began fundraising on Facebook.
More than likely, we’re not done with this report or Mueller. We don’t know if the special counsel will appear on Capitol Hill in the next few months, but that seems to be the next logical chapter from this stage.