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.
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.
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.
Soon, people were pointing out things they believe actually remain unchanged.
However, one thing Don Jr. said was true:
Some would be happy to oblige.
That's not how this works.