Trump Slams ‘Illegitimate’ Mueller Report As a Hoax Before Its Release: ‘People Won’t Stand For It’
President Donald Trump slammed the special counsel Robert Mueller’s expected report on the ongoing Russia investigation as a “hoax” and suggested the public would view on the report on possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow as “illegitimate.”
“A deputy, that didn’t get any votes, appoints a man, that didn’t get any votes, he’s going to write a report on me,” Trump told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation.
“I have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me, to make a determination on my presidency. People will not stand for it.”
Trump has long slammed Mueller’s probe, which is expected to end in the coming days or weeks, as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
“For two years we’ve gone through this nonsense. There’s no collusion with Russia…and there’s no obstruction. They’ll say, ‘oh, well wait, there was no collusion, that was a hoax, but he obstructed in fighting against the hoax,’” he said in the Fox Business interview that aired Friday.
Despite the broadsides, Trump said this week Mueller’s final report should be made public, but quickly backpedaled and said that decision is ultimately up to Attorney General William Barr.
“We’ll see what happens, Trump told reporters this week. Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.”
Barr has been noncommittal about the report’s release, saying during his confirmation hearing he wants “to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.”
Polls have shown that the public overwhelmingly says Mueller’s conclusions should be made public, and the House last week approved a non-binding resolution for the report to be made available to lawmakers and the public by a 420-0 margin.