Laura Ingraham was no fan of Robert Mueller’s surprise press conference on Wednesday, telling her Fox News audience that same evening that the former special prosecutor was acting more like a “mean girl” than a government official.
Ingraham — like many in conservative media — took issue with Mueller’s remarks that strongly suggested that he would have charged Trump with obstruction of justice were he not the President of the United States.
“That’s really convenient. That’s convenient, drop a little bomb, if I wanted to clear him of a crime, I would have said so,” Ingraham said. “It’s like a girl thing.”
“I don’t mean a girl thing,” she immediately clarified. “I said a ‘mean girl’ thing. I don’t like that.”
On set, guest Harmeet Dhillon offered her hearty agreement.
“He’s that jerk who has to have the last word,” Dhillon said. “It’s not enough to come out and smear the president again like his report does, but then he also has to say I’m not going to answer any questions from Congress or the Senate. I’m gone.”
Mueller, who famously never speaks to the media, stunned many on Wednesday after delivering a public statement. And though he took no questions, he did reveal his personal belief that it would have been improper for his office to charge Trump with a crime — saying that was the responsibility of Congress.
“A president cannot be charged with a crime while in office. That is unconstitutional. Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” Mueller said. “We were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially accuse someone of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.”
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he added. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”