“I’m f***ed!” How Trump responded to finding out about Mueller investigation
18 April 2019, 20:32
According to the Mueller report which was released on Thursday, US president Donald Trump responded explosively when he was informed that a special council had been appointed to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Euronews reports.
When Trump “was told that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.'”
US Attorney General William Barr concluded that there is not sufficient evidence Trump obstructed justice during the inquiry.
Barr appeared before the media today to announce the finding of the Robert Mueller-led probe.
Barr reiterated Mueller’s findings: that neither the US president or his campaign team colluded with Moscow over attempts to influence the election.
“President Trump faced an unprecedented situation. As he entered into office and sought to perform his responsibilities as president, federal agents and prosecutors were scrutinising his conduct before and after taking office and the conduct of some of his associates,” Barr said.
“At the same time, there was relentless speculation in the news media about the president’s personal culpability. Yet, as he said from the beginning, there was, in fact, no collusion,” added Barr.
But critics have pointed out Barr, the top US law enforcement official and a Trump appointee, was being too partisan.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
The press conference came ahead of the release of a redacted version of Mueller’s report later on Thursday afternoon.
Soon after the proceedings had finished, the head of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, requested that Mueller himself appear before him.