President Trump said he was “f–cked” and that his presidency was over after he learned that special counsel Robert Mueller had been appointed to investigate Russian election meddling and possible ties to his campaign.
“Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f–cked,” the commander in chief said in the Oval Office, slumping back in his chair as he spoke, according to Mueller’s report, which was released Thursday morning.
“This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
The president got the news on May 17, 2017, from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he met with White House counsel Don McGahn and another staffer.
After Sessions informed him that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had appointed Mueller, Trump lashed out at his AG, a frequent target of his abuse.
“How could you let this happen Jeff. You were supposed to protect me,” Trump declared, adding that the AG had “let him down.”
He also complained about Mueller’s appointment.
“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It can take years and years and I won’t be able to do anything,” he said.
Attorney General William Barr said Thursday that Trump neither colluded with Russia nor obstructed justice in his efforts to shut down the probe.
William Barr says Mueller report found no obstruction or collusion
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