- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith called for his viewers Tuesday to read former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and emphasized that President Trump was not exonerated of obstruction.

“Remember, in his 400-plus page report — that everyone in America should read, everyone — Robert Mueller laid out 10 instances of apparent obstruction of justice, criminal obstruction of justice, potentially, by President Trump. The special counsel did not exonerate the president. They said if they could’ve, they would’ve, but they couldn’t, so they didn’t,” Mr. Smith said.

“Mueller explained that if he and his team had confidence that the president did not commit obstruction, they would have said so. He also said that under Justice Department guidelines, charging the president with a crime was never an option to him. He said the Constitution requires another process,” he said, referencing Mr. Mueller’s decision that Congress must decide on the next steps.

Mr. Smith’s comments deviate from many other personalities on Fox News Channel, with talk show host Sean Hannity Friday saying the Mueller report “was fake, it was phony” and “pure political garbage.”

• Bailey Vogt can be reached at bvogt@washingtontimes.com.

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