Trump blasts Mueller investigation as ‘attempted coup’

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Donald Trump. PHOTO: Politico

“This was an attempted coup. This was an attempted take down of a president. And we beat them,” said Trump.

World2Day – President Donald Trump blasted the investigation into Russian election interference and obstruction of justice as “an attempted coup” against his presidency.

In comments to reporters on the White House South Lawn Trump said the probe was “started illegally” and that “every single thing about it” was “crooked.”

“There were dirty cops, these were bad people,” he said, listing off former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Left, President Donald Trump at the White House on Jan. 04, 2018. Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in 2013. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

“And this was an attempted coup. This was an attempted take down of a president. And we beat them, we beat them,” Trump said. “So the Mueller report, when they talk about obstruction, we fight back. And you know why we fight back? Because I knew how illegal this whole thing was, it was a scam.”

In March, Barr told Congress that Mueller found no proof Trump criminally colluded with Russia and had reached no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr said that he found insufficient evidence to pursue the matter further.

Trump added that what he was “most interested in” now was a review by Attorney General William Barr of the conduct of the FBI’s Russia probe during the summer of 2016.

According to NBC News, however, that some members Mueller’s team have expressed frustration that Barr cleared Trump of obstruction of justice, as they believe the evidence that Trump sought to impede the investigation is stronger than Barr suggests in his March letter summarizing Mueller’s findings.

Trump has used Barr’s summary of the Mueller report to claim “complete and total exoneration.”

Barr said that the Mueller report will be released publicly, with some redactions, by mid-April.

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