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Romney blasts president, Trump campaign after reading Mueller report

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/19/2019 Caitlin Yilek

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said he was “sickened” and “appalled” by the actions of President Trump and his campaign that were detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report.

Romney said it was in the country’s best interest Trump was not charged with conspiracy with the Russians or for obstruction of justice because it would have led to a potential constitutional crisis, but he called the report a “sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

“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 in a statement Friday.

a screen shot of a man © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc. “I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for 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 chairman was actively promoting Russian interests in Ukraine,” he said.

Romney was one of the few Republicans to criticize the president in the wake of the report's release, as Trump declared it a vindication.

The nearly 450-page report released by the Justice Department on Thursday described “numerous links” between the Trump campaign and Russians, but Mueller said “the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges.” The special counsel also detailed numerous instances of possible obstruction of justice but did not make a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed the investigation. Attorney General William Barr instead made the conclusion, determining Trump did not obstruct justice.

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