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    ‘Totally Clears The President’: Trump, Lawmakers React to Mueller Filings

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    US President Donald Trump issued a cryptic, laconic tweet Friday evening that appeared to be a response to court documents issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier in the day. He appeared to think those comments vindicated him, but several congressmembers took to Twitter to say otherwise.

    Following recommendations by New York prosecutors on sentencing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen Friday, Mueller submitted his own comments on Cohen's fate, including commentary on the details of Cohen's cooperation with Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian collusion with Trump's 2016 election team.

    Trump's cryptic tweet, made less than an hour after the documents were submitted, seemed to reference the filing, saying simply, "Totally clears the President. Thank you!"

    ​Members of the US Congress assumed this was what Trump meant, but drew opposite conclusions from Mueller's words, because in Cohen's court case, an entity referred to as "Individual-1" has been speculated by many to refer to the president himself.

    ​Taking to Twitter, they offered their rebukes of the commander-in-chief's attempt to turn the investigation on its head.

    ​Many also brought up the fact that while pleading guilty in August, Cohen testified that Trump directed him to break campaign finance laws — a felony offense.

    ​Others pointed out how Trump's own Department of Justice was the one proving such things, suggesting this meant the investigation couldn't be a "witch hunt," as Trump has often called it.

    ​Others just took the opportunity to whale on the president for getting egg on his face.

    ​Cohen could receive up to five years in prison, although Mueller has recommended that his sentence not exceed that, due to his moderate level of cooperation with the prosecution.

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