In a tenuous interview broadcast Sunday, President Trump said he was reading "every word" from the report of former special adviser Robert Mueller, saying there was "no collusion Between his 2016 campaign and Russian agents, and that the report essentially "rules". on any indication that he has impeded justice.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC, "This Week," Trump criticized Mueller's investigation of Russia's interference in 2016 – and the possible collusion of the Trump campaign – using his term often. cited "witch hunt" to describe the investigation and defend against charges of obstruction of justice during Mueller's investigation.
"Mueller is coming out, there is no collusion, and essentially no obstruction," Trump said. "And they go on with that, you know what, people are upset about it."
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Trump added that Mueller "found nothing to do with the obstruction because they made a decision based on his findings and they said no obstruction."
Stephanopoulos disputed the president 's assertion noting that Mueller' s team had presented evidence of obstruction.
"Oh, are you now trying to say that there was collusion, even though he said there was none," Trump replied. "George, the report says no collusion."
Stephanopoulos then asked Trump when he had read the report, to which the President replied, "Yes, I read it and you should read it too."
ABC News presenter said he read the report.
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Mueller's report was published in April and mentioned more than 100 contacts between Russian agents and the Trump campaign, but failed to find enough evidence to conclude a conspiracy. Mueller also said that he was unable to determine whether or not Trump had obstructed justice during the investigation.
On the question of why Trump did not fire Mueller during the investigation – despite his harsh criticism – the president said he had the right, but he saw what happened when former president Richard Nixon began firing people during the Watergate investigation.
"I watched Richard Nixon hunt everyone and it did not work out very well," he said.