AG Garland appoints special counsel to weigh criminal charges against Trump
The president has refused to commit to the report and has dismissed its findings as “phony” and “bullsh*t.”
“There was no collusion. There was no obstruction,” he said during a meeting earlier this month with members of Congress.
If true, he said, it would “spell curtains” and “end our country.”
Trump called the report a “total fake” and a “total phony,” claiming it found no collusion and “no obstruction.”
The report came out on Friday. It is expected to be released to the public on Monday.
“I want the report on the table. I want to see it,” Trump said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday he is recommending that the Justice Department appoint a special counsel to investigate potential Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible ties to the Trump campaign.
“It has been established that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” Sessions said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Pete Bennett, according to a transcript he provided to the network. “There was no obstruction. There was no crime that should be investigated,” he said.
The report says Trump had contact with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign, but found no evidence that he was attempting to collude with Moscow to boost his candidacy or that he was being obstructed by the FBI.
“The Special Counsel said it’s pretty clear that the President’s actions in office were lawful and they weren’t an obstruction of justice,” Sessions told ABC News, adding that Mueller’s report “finds no collusion, no conspiracy, no coordination and no obstruction.”
Trump has refused to accept the findings.
“It is a total witch hunt, nothing to do with Russia. No Collusion, no Obstruction…,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.
He suggested the report was politically motivated, adding that he “never said what I am required to say because of an illegally held back transcript of my conversation with Michael Cohen.”