Last Friday, special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr, concluding an extensive and closely watched investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
On Sunday, Attorney General Barr released a four-page letter to Congress summarizing the report, which noted that there will be no more indictments and further, there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Regarding the obstruction of justice accusation against Trump, Barr quoted the report, saying the investigation “does not exonerate” Trump.
The Trump-appointed attorney general added that the evidence found was “not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
Here are five reactions from notable conservative Christians about the findings of the Mueller report. They include longtime Trump supporters as well as critics of the president.
Former Arkansas governor and longtime Donald Trump supporter Mike Huckabee declared in an opinion column published by RealClearPolitics on Sunday that the president “is vindicated.”
“Not one of the Democrats’ high-value targets — Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, or any other Trump family members — were indicted by Mueller, and the Department of Justice has already said there will be no more indictments forthcoming,” wrote Huckabee.
“With the Mueller witch hunt behind him, perhaps now President Trump can finally focus his full attention on the job that the American people elected him to do: making America great again.”
Peter Wehner, senior fellow with the Ethics & Public Policy Center, cautioned that just because President Donald Trump was not found to be engaging in collusion or obstruction of justice does not mean “that Trump/his advisers didn’t do things that were unwise/unethical.”
“We need to read the Mueller report to know more; and there are other investigations that need to play out,” tweeted Wehner on Sunday evening.
“What happened isn’t as bad as it could have been; but what happened with Russia wasn’t good, honorable or ethical. Let’s hope we can read the report so we can make a better judgment on the specifics. But Trump hasn’t acted ethically/with integrity,” he added.
First Baptist Church of Dallas Pastor and noted Trump supporter Robert Jeffress took to Twitter to offer a very brief declaration regarding the Mueller report findings.
“NOT. GUILTY. MOVE. ON!” he tweeted on Sunday, getting as of Monday afternoon more than 1,500 likes and over 250 retweets.
In July 2018, Jeffress had issued a call for the Mueller investigation to end immediately, arguing that it was causing “the controversy over the election to linger, the partisan vitriol to increase, and the fractures in our society to widen.”
“Yes, the president or Congress will be criticized for ending the investigation, but like lancing a boil, short-term pain is necessary for long-term healing,” stated Jeffress at the time.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski