A Brief Translation of Muellerese Into English

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For those of you *coughrepublicanscough* who are having trouble figuring out what Robert Mueller said yesterday, here’s a short translation:

  1. Special prosecutors can do one of two things: recommend charges or decline to recommend charges.
  2. I am not declining to recommend charges.
  3. DOJ rules don’t allow me to say anything further.

Does it all make sense now?


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