President Donald Trump victoriously pumped his fist upon landing in West Virginia for a GOP fundraiser, just hours after Robert Mueller wrapped up his Russia probe testimony before House lawmakers.
Following the high-stakes testimony, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California declared ‘It’s time to put America first. It’s time to get over the 2016 election’.
McCarthy seemed to ignore Mueller’s point that the Special Counsel investigation did not exonerate the president of wrongdoing and urged Democrats to ‘to close the chapter on this book they’ve tried for three years’ following the testimony.
Trump held his head high as he arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia for a closed-door fundraiser where he proudly greeted fans and trashed Mueller’s testimony calling it a ‘dud’.
Donald Trump victoriously pumped his fist upon landing in West Virginia for a closed-door fundraiser for the Republican party Wednesday evening
Trump held his head high as he arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia for a closed-door fundraiser and trashed Mueller’s testimony before awaiting fans, calling it a ‘dud’
Trump was in high spirits following Mueller’s testimony which led House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to declare: ‘It’s time to put America first. It’s time to get over the 2016 election’
Trump gloated about Mueller’s ‘dud’ testimony to the crowd that gathered at WesBanco Arena that Mueller’s testimony Wednesday evening
McCarthy revealed he wants Congress to move on from the Russia investigation saying that Mueller’s probe failed to find the president guilty of collusion.
‘You’re asking do I have concerns about this president? He’s created millions of jobs, he has the strongest economy we’ve had in more than 50 years,’ McCarthy told reporters on Capitol Hill following the hearings according to the Washington Examiner.
‘There was no collusion, so how do you get to obstruction? This president has not done anything wrong in this process, so no, I do not have a problem with this president,’ he added.
McCarthy also commended the president for being ‘upbeat’ despite the Special Counsel investigation into his conduct.
‘I’ve watched this president be upbeat almost every single day. With President Trump, his cup is always half-full. To think what this poor president had to go through. If you sat for three years and hear somebody say a lie about you, with each turn of the corner, you get proven correct,’ McCarthy said.
Trump touted Wednesday’s hearings as a ‘very good day’ for the Republican party.
Before leaving for West Virginia he spoke to reporters from the White House lawn alongside Counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Before leaving for West Virginia he spoke to reporters from the White House lawn alongside Counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham (center) pictured with with Kellyanne Conway (second left) as Trump speaks to the media before flying for West Virginia Wednesday evening
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, Kellyanne Conway and Stephanie Grisham pictured listening to the president speak before he jetted off to West Virginia
He beamed as he touched down in West Virginia for a closed-door fundraiser hosted by Robert E. Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, the largest underground coal mining company in America.
Upon landing he was greeted by Republican Gov. Jim Justice and a crowd of supporters chanting ‘USA!’
Once he arrived to WesBanco Arena for the fundraiser, Trump gloated to the crowd that gathered outside, slamming Mueller’s testimony as a ‘dud’ and a miserable effort orchestrated by Democrats to discredit him, West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael said to AP.
He further called the inquiry a let down for his opponents who thought that fresh information from the investigation would be brought to light on Wednesday.
On Wednesday Mueller testified before the House and said his investigation did not exonerate Trump of wrongdoing but failed to provide new details
Trump shared this tweet Wednesday evening gloating that ‘The Witch Hunt is over’
Speaking at the fundraiser, Trump shared prepared remarks and doubled down on his political agenda calling for a southern border wall, claimed the U.S. was getting shorthanded in international trade deals and thanked his Republican supporters in the deep-red state of West Virginia.
Trump also met with a small group including governors from West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio at the exclusive fundraiser were attendees had their cell phones locked away in bags.
A Republican National Committee official said about 1,000 people were slated to attend the event, which was expected to raise $2.5million for a joint committee supporting Trump’s reelection campaign and the RNC.
Trump also took to Twitter Wednesday evening following Mueller’s testimony, saying ‘The Democrats lost so BIG today. Their Party is in shambles right now…’
He also shared a video Sean Hannity on Fox writing ‘The Witch Hunt is over!’
Speaking from the White House before flying to West Virginia Trump said, ‘Obviously he did very poorly today. I don’t think there’s anybody who would say he did well’ on Mueller’s testimony.
Before boarding the plane he hailed the Republicans who grilled Mueller with questions as ‘incredible warriors’and slammed the Russia probe yet again as a ‘hoax’ and ‘witch hunt’.
He also said Mueller ‘totally folded’ on the issue of exoneration.
Mueller testified that the report did not exonerate Trump of wrongdoing but his team failed to determine if the president committed a crime.
Mueller said his investigation did not indict Trump due to certain longstanding Justice Department guidelines that prohibits charging a sitting president, but he can still be charged when he leaves office.