On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a surprise press conference wherein he elaborated on his report of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as President Donald Trump's attempts to obstruct it.
After Mueller's press conference—which brought little to no information not previously covered in the report—the President's son, Donald Trump Jr., began boasting on Twitter.
Things that didn’t change today: - There was no collusion - There was no obstruction - The entire foundation of… https://t.co/jYkzQprWXM— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1559149862.0
The claims that there was no collusion or obstruction are downright lies. In both cases, the report says that there was insufficient evidence to pursue these crimes—not that no crimes occurred. In fact, Mueller stated explicitly during the presser:
"If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
People immediately began fact checking him for this claim.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Also what didn’t change. Daddy’s a criminal but Special Counsel couldn’t indict him. https://t.co/B8e6f47mNG— Jen Henning (@Jen Henning) 1559211445.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr This is what Robert Mueller said at today's press conference: “If we had had confidence that the… https://t.co/ShqR6XYf8E— Morten Øverbye (@Morten Øverbye) 1559151386.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr "If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so” — Mueller— Reader Adrift (@Reader Adrift) 1559161737.0
As for the investigation being based on lies, many pointed out Trump Jr.'s willingness to meet with Russian operatives for damaging information on Hillary Clinton—a meeting that would come to be known infamously as the "Trump Tower Meeting." When asked if this information would interest him enough to meet, Trump Jr. responded in an email:
"If it's what you say it is, I love it."
People hadn't forgotten this.
@DonaldJTrumpJr -you're still a traitor for taking a meeting with Russians to get dirt on another American.— Devin Duke (@Devin Duke) 1559150519.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Add: you are still a traitor and met with a hostile foriegn country with the hopes of changing the… https://t.co/ldqgCnA94N— greer westerink (@greer westerink) 1559186671.0
Soon, people were pointing out things they believe actually remain unchanged.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Things that are the same: China trade war continues Farmers soybeans are so cheap they can't sell a… https://t.co/IXRtuytAXj— John Marine (@John Marine) 1559220970.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Things that didn’t change today: -You are still an idiot -Your whole family are criminals -Your lo… https://t.co/VNl7PjSsX8— hillcrestgreen 🍸🍸🍸 (@hillcrestgreen 🍸🍸🍸) 1559223535.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Things that didn't change today: - You've accomplished nothing in life - You colluded with the Rus… https://t.co/DG2B8lGAnB— John Melendez (@John Melendez) 1559160092.0
However, one thing Don Jr. said was true:
@DonaldJTrumpJr None of this is true except that your father is a Shitty president.— 🌸mw320613🌼 (@🌸mw320613🌼) 1559208262.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Only one of your 6 statements is true. Your "Today in History" score is less than 18% and you must retake this class.— laurel yost (@laurel yost) 1559184807.0