Wednesday 22 May 2019

'This should never happen to another president again' - Trump responds to release of Mueller report

  • 'The results of the investigation are a total victory for the President' - Trump's legal team
  • But Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says; 'It’s clear AG Barr is acting as Trump’s personal attorney, not America’s'
US President Donald Trump (Susan Walsh/AP)
US President Donald Trump (Susan Walsh/AP)
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Donald Trump has responded to the release of Robert Mueller's report into Russian election interference, saying: "This should never happen to another president again."

President Trump's legal team said on Thursday the results of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller vindicate Trump and show Trump acted properly when he fired James Comey, the former director of the FBI.

"The results of the investigation are a total victory for the President," they said.

"The report underscores what we have argued from the very beginning - there was no collusion - there was no obstruction.

"After a 17-month investigation, testimony from some 500 witnesses, the issuance of 2,800 subpoenas, the execution of nearly 500 search warrants, early morning raids, the examination of more than 1.4 million pages of documents, and the unprecedented cooperation of the President, it is clear there was no criminal wrongdoing.

"Nothing withheld; nothing concealed; nothing deleted; nothing destroyed; and nothing bleached," they added.

Mr Trump said he was a "having a good day" following the release of the Mueller report, adding, "It's called no collusion, no obstruction."

"There never was, by the way, and there never will be," Trump told a gathering of wounded troops at the White House. "We do have to get to the bottom of these things, I will say, and this should never happen ... to another president again."

"The results of the investigation are a total victory for the President ... it is clear there was no criminal wrongdoing," his lawyers, Rudy Giuliani, Jay Sekulow, Jane Raskin and Martin Raskin said in a statement.

However, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who addressed the Dáil yesterday, said in reaction to the report; "It’s clear AG Barr is acting as Trump’s personal attorney, not America’s.

"Our country demands and deserves full transparency. That’s why we must hear directly from Mueller. #MuellerReport"

The party's House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff added; "The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation.

"After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin."

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