So far, there are only six quotes from Mueller's report on the Russia investigation that have seen the light of day. That's led what the special counsel did and didn't say to be picked apart by many — now including the husband of one of President Trump's key advisers. George Conway tweeted his thoughts on the Mueller report excerpts and noted what Attorney General William Barr did and didn't quote in his letter summarizing the findings.
Conway retweeted a Twitter user who had pointed out instances in which Reuters and The New York Times had reported there was "no evidence" of collusion in Mueller's report.
"In your writing, please distinguish between no 'evidence' and 'not enough evidence to make a finding,'" user @nycsouthpaw wrote with a link to the Reuters article and a picture with the highlighted parts of the reporting that he took issue with. In a separate tweet, he linked to a Times article and Barr's letter.
Conway, who is married to special adviser to Trump Kellyanne Conway added his own thoughts:
Yes, please do. It’s a critical distinction, and one not hard to understand. If Mueller had used the words "no evidence of a conspiracy or coordination" (i.e., no collusion), you can be damned sure Barr would have quoted those words. But Mueller didn’t, and Barr didn’t.
In the first @nycsouthpaw tweet, Barr's report was included — and the section on collusion was highlighted. The only quote from Mueller's report was: "[T]he evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference." The context was not included, and the bracket around the "T" means it wasn't originally capitalized — so that wasn't the beginning of the sentence.
Conway was not the only prominent person to comment on Mueller's report in recent days. Hillary Clinton commented on the report on Friday at the Women in the World 10th Anniversary Summit in New York City. "We deserve to see the Mueller report, and if there is material that, for whatever reason, should not be shared publicly, it should be shared with the Congress," Clinton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria during the interview there.
And, in another portion of the interview, Clinton referenced President Nixon, who stepped down following the Watergate scandal. "One of the things that I did as a very young lawyer was work on the impeachment staff of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974, investigating Richard Nixon," Clinton told Zakaria. "I know what can be made available, what the court has to be asked to permit to be made available. I know what the Republicans did when they were in charge of the Congress in demanding information from the Justice Department that had never been offered before — very sensitive information. It was all turned over to the Republican Congress."
The Mueller report may be delivered to Congress this week if Attorney General William Barr finishes the redaction on time. What will then be debated is how much has been redacted — and if any of it is shielding the president. Clinton called this a "twilight zone" because everyone is waiting on the full report to be released.
Conway seems to be withholding judgment on the claims of no collusion, too.