It is not the job of investigators to ‘exonerate’

Now, where did you read that before?

Oh yes, right here.

On March 25 4THST8 stated: “Attorney General William Barr quotes (Robert) Mueller saying his report “does not exonerate” President Trump. Since when is it the job of a prosecutor to exonerate anyone? Prosecutors charge someone or don’t. Exoneration is up to juries and judges.”

Today Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe asked Mueller about saying Trump was not “exonerated” by his two year investigation, because it was not his job to do so:

The special counsel’s job — nowhere does it say that you are to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or that the Special Counsel report should determine whether or not to exonerate him, it’s not in any of the documents, it’s not in your appointment order, it’s not in the Special Counsel regulations, it’s not in the OLC opinions, it’s not in the Justice manual, and it’s not in the Principles of Federal Prosecution. Nowhere do those words appear together because respectfully it was not the Special Counsel’s job to conclusively determine Donald Trump’s innocence or to exonerate him because the bedrock principle of our justice system is a presumption of innocence.