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1/ Ratcliffe's questioning about whether it was proper for Mueller to "exonerate" Trump and whether there was a DOJ policy permitting him to do that is deceptive.

Typically prosecutors either charge someone or they fail to do so and say nothing more.
2/ In this case, Mueller could not indict Trump because he is a sitting president.

Mueller could have concluded Trump committed crimes and said so. He did not do so because it believed it would be unfair to Trump because Trump couldn't challenge that conclusion in court.
3/ Although Mueller found "substantial" evidence that Trump committed crimes, he didn't state his conclusion that Trump committed crimes.

If he said nothing more, it would have given Congress and the public the false impression that he had insufficient evidence to prove guilt.
4/ He knew he was writing for Congress and the public, because impeachment is the constitutional remedy for criminal activity by a president.

To try to be fair, Mueller said that while he refused to say whether he concluded Trump committed crimes, he didn't exonerate him.
5/ Ratcliffe has a valid point that it is not a prosecutor's role to exonerate people. We don't seek to prove innocence and that is not what prosecutors do. That is a valid criticism.

But in context, Mueller restrained himself from saying Trump committed crimes.
6/ In this particular case, Trump's allies are complaining about a decision by Mueller which was very fair and restrained towards Trump.

Ratcliffe's argument obscures that underlying context, which is important.
7/ Mueller could have avoided all of this by stating his conclusion as to whether Trump committed certain crimes. That is what many prosecutors in his shoes would have done. /end
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