President Trump wouldn’t say whether he planned to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as he’s been reportedly wanted to do, saying instead he just wanted the Russia probe done.
‘As far as the two gentleman you told me about, they’ve been saying, “I’m going to get rid of them” for the last three months, four months, five months. And they’re still here,’ Trump responded when asked at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he had decided it would be too politically costly to kick Mueller and Rosenstein to the curb.
From there he expressed frustration with the Russia probe telling the audience of journalists at Mar-a-Lago ‘we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put behind us.’
‘And they’re still here,’ President Trump said of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when asked at a presser on Wednesday whether he had decided against firing the duo because of the political fallout it would cause
At Wednesday’s presser, President Trump pointed out that the rumor he was going to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller (left) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (right) had been around for months – and he hadn’t acted
‘And we have to get back to business with negotiating with this gentleman and plenty of others,’ Trump added, nodding toward Abe, who was sharing the stage.
Before giving his sort-of answer about the future of Mueller and Rosenstein, Trump had deployed some of his greatest hits when talking about the Russian investigation, which has plagued his administration from day No. 1.
‘There was no collusion with Russia, other than by the Democrats – or, as I call them, the obstructionists, because they truly are obstructionists,’ Trump said. ‘This was a, really a hoax created largely by the Democrats as way of softening the blow of a loss, which is a loss that frankly they shouldn’t have had from the standpoint that it’s very easy for them.’
Trump pointed out the advantage that he believed his opponent Hillary Clinton had with the Electoral College.
‘And this is what it is and this is where it came from,’ Trump said.
Trump brought up the name ‘Podesta’ and said he had a ‘company in Russia where nothing happened, and people don’t talk about it.’
The president was likely referring to Tony Podesta, who’s been ensnared in the Russia probe over lobbying work done in conjunction with Manafort.
Tony’s brother, John Podesta, was Clinton’s campaign chairman, whose emails were hacked and leaked online during the last weeks of the campaign.
‘You look at the fact that their server, the DNC server, was never gotten by the FBI. Why didn’t the FBI take it? The FBI takes what they want. They go in, they wouldn’t get the server,’ Trump charged, suggesting he didn’t believe the cyber experts the Democratic Party used who saw Russian fingerprints on the Democratic National Committee breach.
‘This is a hoax,’ Trump said.
The president also made the point that he’s been very well behaved, having handed over 1.4 million pages of documents to Mueller’s team. ‘And haven’t used, that I know of, or for the most part, presidential powers or privilege,’ the president added.
‘So we are hopefully coming to an end,’ he said. ‘It is a bad thing for our country. Very, very bad thing for our country. But there has been no collusion,’ Trump said again. ‘They won’t find any collusion. It doesn’t exist.’