Moments ago Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah issued what appears to be the first major statement against the president from any sitting US Senator, following the release of the Mueller report.
The statement, which was posted to his official Twitter account reads:
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. The alternative would have taken us through a wrenching process with the potential for constitutional crisis. The business of government can move on.
Even so, I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President. 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.
Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.
While the statement is clearly a scathing attack of both the president and his campaign’s actions, it is important to point out that the first sentence is slightly misleading, as the Mueller report did not state that there was insufficient evidence to charge the president with obstructing justice, only that Mueller did not make a determination one way or the other to prosecute or decline to prosecute Trump for obstruction of justice.