By Friday, many members of Congress had read the report and released statements on it, including Senator Mitt Romney.
He tweeted out a three-paragraph statement on the report, in which he lamented that he is:
"...sickened by the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office in the land, including the president."
He went on:
"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."
But it was his opening line that caught some people's attention for its outright brazen dishonesty:
"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."
You can read his statement below:
I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: https://t.co/ACnExskqXJ— Senator Mitt Romney (@Senator Mitt Romney) 1555702247.0
Yeah, that's not a thing that the Mueller Report found. In fact, what Mueller did say explicitly was:
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. We are unable to reach such a judgment.”
Romney was immediately called out.
Romney’s statement begins with an outright falsehood. Mueller did not find insufficient evidence to charge Trump wi… https://t.co/d0750NOHPi— Susan Hennessey (@Susan Hennessey) 1555705040.0
One false statement in the Romney reaction—Mueller did not find that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute T… https://t.co/hrhrEjI737— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1555709077.0
@SenatorRomney Dear @SenatorRomney, as a Cranbrook alum, like you, I was taught to read carefully think critically.… https://t.co/Ji1EqG7X2T— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub) 1555710409.0
@SenatorRomney Senator, I wrote a thread explaining Mueller’s decision not to come a prosecutorial conclusion on ob… https://t.co/7FETIGEJBO— Asha Rangappa (@Asha Rangappa) 1555707771.0
@SenatorRomney Mueller OUTLINES SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE for charge of obstruction! States he didn't think it fair to ch… https://t.co/yJjJ9O5cwE— JKSF (@JKSF) 1555771133.0
Romney was also called out for being all talk and no action.
Romney bravely expresses general disgust, proposes no remedies and calls for no action. Leadership! https://t.co/g8i2GKRm23— Garrett M. Graff (@Garrett M. Graff) 1555703105.0
Shorter Romney: The President is a criminal, but I will do nothing. https://t.co/Np127EWc90— marisa kabas (@marisa kabas) 1555703304.0
Romney translated: I am a weakling and a coward. I want desperately to be seen doing the right thing but not if it… https://t.co/Mz4E4kT3Fe— Adam Parkhomenko (@Adam Parkhomenko) 1555703627.0
@SenatorRomney How sickened? “Impeachment sickened” or “write another concerned op-ed sickened”? This charade is getting old, sir.— The Country Who Cried Wolf (@The Country Who Cried Wolf) 1555707420.0
A perspective that was summed up well by this Twitter user:
@SenatorRomney Give me a break, Mitt. Either do something or don't... don't write toothless statements that amount… https://t.co/jJYBfbxucD— Edan Clay 🇺🇸 (@Edan Clay 🇺🇸) 1555706821.0