It’s a classic tactic: make a statement that gives your pals what they want, even if it is unfair/even untruthful…
…and then, the next day, after the cable news reports and newspaper articles have all been issued (i.e. the full impact of what you wanted has been achieved), issue a “clarification” that basically says “y’know, we didn’t really mean it that way at all”.
It’s great. You get exactly the result you want, what you originally said is in everyone’s head, and you’ve covered your backside by “clarifying”.
With the above in mind, here is the “clarification” put out by robert mueller’s office, explaining that he, uh, really didn’t say what it sounded like he said about President Trump:
The Attorney General has previously stated that the Special Counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying that, but for the OLC opinion, he would have found the President obstructed justice. The Special Counsel’s report and his statement today made clear that the office concluded it would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime. There is no conflict between these statements.
Nah, no conflict between those statements at all. Just disgregard the newspaper headlines, the network news headlines and note the orgasmic glee on CNN and MSNBC. Nothing to see here, sheeple. Move along, move along.
This is what a partisan, unprincipled weasel would do. This is exactly what robert mueller did.
What does this make robert mueller? You figure it out.