Donald Trump lashes out at 'Crazy Mueller Report;' calls probe a 'big, fat, waste of time'




 

WASHINGTON - A day after claiming vindication, President Donald Trump on Friday angrily attacked Robert Mueller's Russia report as "crazy," used a barnyard epithet to describe some of the testimony against him, and suggested his opponents may have practiced "treason."

All this in a tweet storm unleashed as he was spending the Easter weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

"Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue," Trump tweeted initially.

In a second post, Trump referred to parts of the report as "bulls---," but did not elaborate.

That second tweet trailed off with a three-dot ellipsis, suggesting Trump would soon follow up his thought - but he did not post again for nearly nine hours, following a round of golf with radio commentator Rush Limbaugh.

In that third tweet, he denounced the Mueller probe as a "big, fat, waste of time, energy and money;" he also vowed to "bring justice" to who he described as the political enemies who launched the investigation in the first place, claiming without evidence that they may "have committed very serious crimes, perhaps even Spying or Treason."

The day-long set of tweets, a day after Trump claimed he was happy about the release of the Mueller report, reflected the president's growing anger and desperation, critics said.

"Trump is completely incapable of doing his job as president because of his unhinged self absorption," said Tim Miller, an anti-Trump Republican. "The presidency is about more than one man and his petty, childish vendettas, we must be able to do better than this."

The president also denounced unnamed aides who supplied notes and other information to the special counsel's office.

"Watch out for people that take so-called 'notes,' when the notes never existed until needed," Trump tweeted.

Trump has been particularly critical of former White House Counsel Don McGahn. He provided extensive notes and testimony to prosecutors, especially regarding Trump's apparent attempts to have Mueller fired.

Noting that he had refused to give in-person testimony to Mueller - he provided written answers instead - Trump said in another tweet that "it was not necessary" for him to respond. He said some statements about him in the report, "are total bulls--- & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad)."

The president also repeated claims that the investigation was a "hoax" and "never should have happened."

While Mueller and his aides did not specifically accuse Trump of violating the law, their report detailed 10 episodes in which he may have sought to interfere in the investigation of how Russians hacked prominent Democrats during the 2016 election.

Mueller report:President Trump tried to impede Russia inquiry but aides ignored his orders

Takeaways:Trump thought Mueller would 'end' his presidency and other takeaways from the Mueller report

Congressional Democrats said they will investigate Mueller's findings, though some leaders stopped short of calling for Trump's impeachment.

Trump had struck a much more optimistic tone after his attorney general, William Barr, announced a summary of the report. Barr stressed that there was no evidence of collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians and no proof that Trump broke the law regarding obstruction of justice.

"I'm having a good day," Trump said at a White House event on Thursday. "It's called no collusion, no obstruction."

More: Donald Trump reacts to Mueller report: 'It's called no collusion, no obstruction'

The Mueller report cited Trump's desire, at times, to have the special counsel removed from his post, though McGahn and other advisers disregarded orders or got him to change his mind.

Trump "engaged in efforts to curtail the Special Counsel's investigation and prevent the disclosure of evidence to it, including through public and private contacts with potential witnesses," the report said.

Prosecutors could not determine, however, whether Trump's actions rose to the level of criminal conduct, and suggested that Congress might want to pursue the matter.

"If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president did not obstruct justice, we would so state," the Mueller report says. "Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump lashes out at 'Crazy Mueller Report;' calls probe a 'big, fat, waste of time'

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