The redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report was released on Thursday. Inside the report, many revelations are contained — including how President Donald Trump first reacted to hearing Mueller was appointed to lead the investigation in the first place.
Mueller’s appointment came about after he had fired former FBI Director James Comey, purportedly for “this Russia thing,” he told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an interview shortly after the termination.
When word reached Trump that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed a special counsel to resume Comey’s work, the president was flabbergasted.
In redacted #MuellerReport, for the first time we're seeing President Trump's reaction to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller: "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm f**ked." https://t.co/SIGwpgIN24 pic.twitter.com/1Nmu9URICs
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 18, 2019
“Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f*cked,” Trump said, according to the contents of the report.
It was clear, according to the special counsel’s findings, that the president squared all of the blame for Mueller’s appointment on his then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the investigation for his own ties to Russia.
The report detailed the interaction:
“The president became angry and lambasted the attorney general for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating ‘How could you let this happen, Jeff?'”
Trump added that Sessions had “let [him] down” in his appointment of Mueller, adding that “[t]his is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” according to reporting from CBS News.
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