On Thursday, President Donald Trump wrongly asserted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s statement on Wednesday about his investigation exonerated him.

Mueller, who announced Wednesday that he would be leaving the Justice Department, said there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with a crime, although he and his team couldn’t rule out the possibility that the president had at least tried to break the law.

“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said Wednesday. “A president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional… Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.”


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Although Mueller’s team did not explicitly say Trump obstructed justice, the special counsel did list in his unredacted report several examples that strongly suggest the president attempted to commit obstruction of justice but failed to do so because White House staffers refused to comply with some of his orders.

Trump called the Mueller probe and all those who supported it evidence of “presidential harassment” in a series of tweets Thursday.

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