Mitt Romney: ‘Sickened’ by ‘Dishonesty and Misdirection’ Revealed in Mueller Report

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While most Republican senators backed President Donald Trump in celebrating that the Mueller report provided no evidence of collusion, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) took a hard stance against the president and said it’s a “sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

In a statement shared on his Twitter account Friday afternoon, Romney said he finished reading the Mueller report in its entirety.

“It is good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge the President of the United States with having conspired with a foreign adversary or with having obstructed justice,” he said.

“The alternative would have taken us through a wretching process with the potential for constitutional crisis,” he added. “The business of government can move on.”

The report did paint a bleak picture of Trump and his team during the 2016 campaign and concluded that although no one in the Trump campaign carried out any illegal actions that would be considered collusion, the campaign knew about, accepted, and benefited from Russian involvement.

From the report:

Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in itelection interference activities.

Romney refused to make light of that conclusion.

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” he said.

“I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for the president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” Romney added.

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Phyllis Softa
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Party over Country is as appalling as considering the dishonesty and misdirection of the Trump WH to be NORMAL or acceptable behavior?

banstan
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You will believe ANYBODY who says what you want to hear. Absolutely the most “appalling” behavior, PERIOD.

Phyllis Softa
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Corey Lewandowski provided to Mueller the papers he transcribed the orders dictated by Trump! WHY would I not believe him? Mueller confirmed Corey was in a meeting with Trump on the date indicated. Mueller verified from phone records the call from Trump McGahn provided his notes–Trump confirmed in Friday’s tweet tirade McGahn took notes. For reasons I am certain you can explain, Trump does not believe lawyers take notes. I wonder where he believes the term “legal pad” originated.

Phyllis Softa
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For the record, which one of us believed “The tax cuts will pay for themselves”? “Mexico will pay for the wall”? “No one from the Trump campaign met with any Russians”? (as per Mueller report 138 contacts with Russians.” I fact check what I wish to be true and what I hope is not. I was a registered R for 3 decades. I hold the same standards today as I did then. One of the reasons I left the party was no standards for themselves and very strict standards for everyone else.

banstan
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Why don’t you answer for the both of us “for the record”, since you are a self-proclaimed psychiatric expert and you have NEVER seen me say I believe any of that. All I’ve EVER done is point out to you that you just keep beating the same dead horses all of the time.

James
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She’s a Dem/Socialist. Beating the same dead horses; reverting to their same worn out and failed agenda is all they’ve got. They haven’t had a NEW (or even a good) idea since before FDR died in April 1945.

Phyllis Softa
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That would be incorrect. One doesn’t spend decades as a registered R–then become a Dem/Socialist. Have NEVER even been a fan of Bernie or AOC. I am a supporter of capitalism, but NOT a supporter of privatizing the military, CDC, VA, border security, local/ state/federal law enforcement, Social Security/Medicare, public schools, etc… The US has NEVER been total capitalism & I see no path for abandoning capitalism OR the socialistic programs that Americans have enjoyed.

Phyllis Softa
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Do you really believe farm subsidies and the US military would be capitalism? Medicare came under Johnson and judging by the Tea Party protest in 2010, a lot of anti-socialism R’s were objecting to any changes in their Medicare coverage.

James
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How about “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor?” Or, “Premiums will go down”? $150 Billion to Iran? Muslim Brotherhood to unseat the democratically elected president in Egypt? Money and efforts to keep PM Netanyahu from being re-elected? Lie after lie after lie by Marxist #44 and all of it covered up by the complicit fake news media. NO fact checking there to remove the Liar-in-Chief back prior to 2009.

Phyllis Softa
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At 85, you have not paid insurance premiums for decades. Do you actually know anyone that could not keep their doctor? How could the Iran refund be considered a lie when the repayment negotiation was announced by Obama months before the transfer took place. If Bibi could come to the US and campaign against Obama in Oct, 2012, WHY would Obama campaign FOR Bibi in his election? Where are the LIES? I got a list of 11,000 on Trump.

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