If President Donald Trump seemed more upset than usual at special counsel Robert Mueller earlier in the week, there may be a reason why: he might not have ever read Mueller’s investigative report in the first place, one reporter asserts.
While speaking as a guest of CNN’s “New Day” on Friday morning, New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman asserted that the optics of Mueller coming on television to tell the American people what was in his report — which included an investigation into alleged coordination with Russia and potential acts of obstruction of justice on the part of the president — caused Trump to become especially upset.
Host Alisyn Camerota pointed out that there wasn’t anything particularly new with regards to Mueller’s statement on Wednesday.
“Mueller didn’t say anything that dramatic that wasn’t in the report. But somehow, it seemed to have angered the president,” Camerota said.
Haberman agreed, and responded by asking the host a rhetorical question. “Do you think the president has read the report? Because I do not,” she said, according to a report from Mediate.
Maggie Haberman: Trump Was So Unsettled by Mueller on TV Because He Hasn't Read the Report https://t.co/TGPBTgHuEZ
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Haberman went on to say that she believed Trump became especially perplexed with Mueller because his statement was on television — and because it contradicted what his own Attorney General William Barr had said on TV weeks before.
“When he hears Mueller say that on TV, again, him interpreting everything through the screen that is in front of him, I think that that had much more resonance than almost anything else that has happened,” she added.
Trump’s attacks on Mueller came about the day after the former special counsel stated key findings from his report he submitted to the Justice Department in March.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller stated, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Trump vented his frustrations with Mueller the next day, during a slew of tweets in which he also seemingly acknowledged that Russia helped him in winning the 2016 presidential election.
The president later tried to clarify those remarks to reporters at the White House, per a previous report from HillReporter.com. “I got me elected,” he said.
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