Donald Trump told reporters that he doesn’t “mind” if the public gets to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s forthcoming report, and then spent several minutes rehashing old attacks on Mueller and his team.
Trump gaggled with the press on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday afternoon as he prepared to depart for a trip to Ohio, during which he was asked “Do you think the public has a right to see the Mueller report?”
“I don’t mind,” Trump said, then added “Frankly, I told the house, if you want, let them see it.”
Over the weekend, Trump claimed he had urged House Republicans to vote yes on a nonbinding resolution to make the Mueller report public, a measure that was blocked in the Senate by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Trump then spent several minutes slamming former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe, bragged about his electoral college win, and pointed out that he got “63 million more” votes than Robert Mueller did. Mueller was not a candidate for president in that race.
“And now somebody just writes a report,” Trump said. “I think it’s ridiculous. But I want to see the report. And you know who I want to see it? The tens of millions of people that love the fact that we have the greatest economy we’ve ever had.”
He then spent some time attacking Mueller as “conflicted,” claimed that Mueller’s “best friend is Comey, who is a bad cop,” said that he had a nasty business transaction” with Mueller, and rehashed his “13 angry Democrats” attack against Mueller’s team.
“You know better than anybody there’s no collusion,” Trump said. “There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing.”
After several more attacks on Mueller, Trump concluded by saying “With all that being said, I look forward to seeing the report.”
Earlier this week, ABC News chief legal analyst and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams speculated that Trump’s confidence about disclosing the report could be an indication that Trump has been tipped off to its contents.
It’s also possible that by publicly supporting a nonbinding resolution that would still have to pass a GOP-controlled Senate is a low-risk way for Trump to appear transparent.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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