Trump: Special Counsel in Russia Probe ‘Hurts Our Country’


Following the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia probe, the White House released a short statement from President Donald Trump in which he reiterated there was no collusion with Russia but that he looked forward to a thorough investigation.

However, this morning, Trump took to Twitter to label the investigation a “witch hunt” and whined about the lack of a special counsel during President Barack Obama’s administration or into Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Now, this afternoon, during a conversation with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at a luncheon, Trump went even further with his disdain for the Justice Department’s assignment of a special counsel.

The CNN anchor read the following on-the-record comment from the president:

“I believe it hurts our country terribly because it shows we’re a divided, mixed up, not unified country. And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it’s trade deals, whether it’s military, whether it’s stopping nuclear, all of the things that we discussed today and I think this shows a very divided country.”

Trump also added the following remark:

“It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the electoral college being slanted so much in their way. That’s all this is. I think it shows division. And it shows that we’re not together as a country and I think it’s a very, very negative thing and hopefully this can go quickly because we have to show unity if we’re going to do great things with respect to the rest of the world.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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