Sunday was a good day for Donald Trump.
He got to play golf for the second straight day and he found out that the report from the Special Counsel wasn't damning of him or his administration.
Don't use Robert Mueller as a reference before a job interview. He spent two years and issued almost 3,000 subpoenas and the summary of his report said, "While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
If you asked Mueller about a candidate for a job he would probably say, "He is pretty good, not really good. You might hire him, but I'm not saying you should hire him." For two years of work, it is pretty noncommital - which I read as a good thing for the people being investigated. You have to think after two years, you would find something to pin on an obviously guilty person.
If you know anything about President Donald Trump, you know what he said about Attorney General William Barr's summary of the report after that direct quote was released saying that it specifically doesn't exonerate the President.
"No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION." he said on Twitter Sunday. The report specifically said he was not exonerated. Trump said it was "complete and total exoneration.".
Only two conclusions are possible.
One, he didn't read the letter or any tweets about it. Or he doesn't care about things like facts.
Either way, the report did not live up to the hopes and dreams of the Democrats who spent two years waiting for Robert Mueller to pull up at the White House and haul Trump, his kids and his underlings away in handcuffs. This report did not lead anyone to that conclusion.
There is a lot that we still don't know. We may never know everything. The attorney general in his brief summary said neither the President nor anyone in his campaign "knowingly coordinated" with Russians who were found to have committed two separate attacks on our electoral system.
That's a big deal. Words mean things.
That "knowingly" tells me that when the full report is seen, one or more people will probably be found to have coordinated unknowingly in some way.
With 37 indictments and several guilty pleas already on the books, there still had to be a sense of victory for the White House as no new charges were announced or expected from this investigation.
Congress could still investigate. The Southern District of New York is still investigating multiple possible crimes.
But there is no doubt that Mueller could have been a hurricane and Trump didn't even get wet.
We will undoubtedly learn more as we see more of the actual report from Mueller, but Trump won this round. Don't be surprised as he and his envoys take victory laps to celebrate.