The AP analysis of the Mueller hearings was erroneous.

In the first place, the stumbling witness was clearly unfamiliar with the report he signed. This leaves the clear impression that the avowed Democrat and Clinton supporter Weissman and his partisan cohorts actually wrote the report. Secondly, by refusing to answer why he did not indict all the key witnesses who lied to him or to the FBI, Mueller tipped his hand and showed that his investigation was far from fair and even handed. Finally, the hapless special counsel could not defend why he chose to “not exonerate” the president on the obstruction charge.

The latter is perhaps the most telling result of the hearing. As one Republican argued brilliantly and without a response, the investigation failed the test of fairness. “Not exonerating” is not an option in the findings of a special counsel. The subject of his investigation should have found the president “guilty” of obstruction or presumed “innocent” under applicable laws and procedures.

Philip A. Dur, Destin