Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump had tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller's removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.
According to Politico's Dan Diamond the report details Trump's initial reaction to Mueller's appointment. "Trump’s reported reaction when he was told Mueller was appointed: 'This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.'" The quote is on page 290 of the report, detailing a conversation in the Oval Office after then Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Trump of the appointment.
In a previously unreported episode, the report said that in June 2017, Trump directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to call the acting attorney general and say that Mueller must be ousted because he had conflicts of interest.
McGahn refused — deciding he would rather resign than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre of Watergate firings fame.
For all of that, Mueller said in his report that he could not conclusively determine that Trump had committed criminal obstruction of justice.
The Justice Department posted a redacted version of the report online Thursday morning, 90 minutes after Attorney General William Barr offered his own final assessment of the findings.
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