President Donald Trump responded to special counsel Robert Mueller for the first time on camera Thursday morning saying “Robert Mueller should have never been chosen” and calling him “a true never Trumper.”
The president spoke to reporters as he left for a trip to Colorado a day after Muellerbroke more than two years of silence about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice, saying he did not have the “option” of charging the president with a crime but that “if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so.”
Despite that, Trump insisted, “He said, essentially: ‘You’re innocent.’ There was no crime, there was no charge because he had no information.”
Before speaking to reporters, Trump tweeted that he had “nothing to do with Russia helping me get elected.”
But later, Trump appeared to walk back that statement.
“The whole thing is a scam. It’s a giant presidential harassment,” Trump said. “Russia did not help me get elected. You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all,” Trump said, adding that, if anything, Russia helped “the other side” get elected.
“There was no high crime and there was no misdemeanor,” Trump said when asked about impeachment. “So, how do you impeach based on that?”
“I don’t see how… I can’t imagine the courts allowing it,” Trump said. “To me, it’s a dirty word, the word ‘impeach.’ It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word,” he said.