Mueller said Trump was 'not exculpated' for obstruction of justice. The dictionary responded

Nicholas Wu
Merriam-Webster tweeted the definition of 'exculpate' in response to Mueller's remarks

WASHINGTON – Even the dictionary weighed in on special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. 

"The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed,” Mueller said during his Wednesday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. 

Merriam-Webster's Twitter account posted the definition of "exculpate" after Mueller made his remarks. 

"To be 'exculpated' is to be cleared from alleged fault or guilt," wrote the dictionary's account, noting that the term had started trending on social media. 

President Donald Trump has insisted special counsel Robert Mueller's report was "total exoneration" for him and his 2016 presidential campaign. Mueller, however, reiterated in the hearing that his report's findings that his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election did not actually exonerate the president for the alleged crime of obstruction of justice. 

Mueller has repeatedly stated his report did not exonerate the president, though his office had declined to issue guidance on whether to prosecute the president for alleged wrongdoing. 

In May, when delivering remarks on the report, Mueller said, "The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing."

Mueller did not directly identify that process but was referring to impeachment. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Robert Mueller testimony: Merriam-Webster posts 'exculpate' definition