Former Al Gore Chief of Staff: 'Mueller Wimped Out'

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April 18, 2019

Former Al Gore chief of staff Ronald Klain tweeted on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller "wimped out" in his investigation of President Donald Trump's campaign's possible collusion with Russia.

"Mueller wimped out. His analysis of the campaign finance charge against Don Jr was flawed. His refusal to reach a conclusion of obstruction seems weak in the face of overwhelming evidence," he wrote "And even the 'no conspiracy with Russia' conclusion slides past the clear evidence of Trump campaign conspiracy with Wikileaks."

Klain also wrote, "Trump's 2016 win will always have an asterisk given the overwhelming evidence of massive Russian acts to impact the US electorate."

Klain served as former Vice President Al Gore's chief of staff from 1995 to 1999 and in the same role for former Vice President Joe Biden (2009-11). He also served as the Ebola Czar in 2014, during President Barack Obama's administration.

Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller Report on Thursday morning. It did not indicate that Trump obstructed justice as the report's proceedings unfolded, but also did not say that he did not obstruct justice. According to the report, Mueller chose not to pursue the question because, regardless of what he found, a sitting president could not be indicted. "Fairness concerns counseled against potentially reaching" a judgment of whether or not Trump committed crimes "when no charges can be brought," Mueller wrote.

"We recognized that a federal criminal accusation against a sitting President would place burdens on the President's capacity to govern and potentially preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct," Mueller wrote.

But Mueller also stated that he did not find evidence that would exonerate Trump from accusations of obstruction of justice.

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state," Mueller wrote.