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Trump's initial reaction to Mueller's appointment was "this is the end of my Presidency": report

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Donald Trump's first reaction to Robert Mueller's appointment as special was "this is the end of my Presidency" and the US was so furious that he reacted with an expletive, according to the counsel's report.

In a major relief to Trump, the nearly two-year probe by Mueller found "no evidence" of a "collusion" between the Trump campaign and the during the 2016 US elections, announced Thursday.

Barr said the redacted report released Thursday made it clear that the sought to interfere in American elections, "but thanks to the special counsel's thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of Trump or the Trump campaign".

Trump first learned that Deputy appointed Mueller as special from then-Jeff during a meeting to interview candidates for FBI in May 2017, the report said.

Also present were Sessions' and then-Don McGahn, the reported.

After delivered the news, "the President slumped back in his chair," the report said, citing notes from Hunt.

"Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm f****d," Trump said, according to the report.

Trump became "angry and lambasted" for recusing himself from the investigation, it said.

"How could you let this happen, Jeff?" Trump asked his attorney general.

Trump told Sessions, "'you were supposed to protect me,' or words to that effect," Sessions recalled, the Mueller report stated.

"Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels, it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won't be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me," Trump said, according to the report.

He then told Sessions he should resign, the report said.

Sessions agreed, left the Oval Office, and the next day returned to the to hand Trump his resignation letter, it said.

Trump tucked Sessions' resignation letter in his pocket, but then proceeded to ask Sessions multiple times if he wanted to remain attorney general,

Sessions said he wished to remain attorney general, but said it was up to Trump, the report said.

Sessions would continue serving as attorney general for another year, but was ousted in November 2018 by Trump, who remained upset over his decision to step away from the probe, the repot said.

Mueller was appointed following the firing of FBI to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump's campaign associates and Russian officials. Mueller's team also investigated whether Trump obstructed justice.

The probe could not clear Trump, saying that it was unable to determine that "that no criminal conduct occurred".

Earlier on Thursday, President Trump said the Mueller probe was "Greatest Political Hoax of all time!"

"Crimes were committed by Crooked, Dirty Cops and DNC/The Democrats," tweeted Trump, who refers as "Crooked".

Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman said he had sent a letter to Mueller - requiring his testimony before the by May 23.

"We cannot take Attorney General Barr's word for it. We must read the full Mueller report, and the underlying evidence," Nadler said.

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First Published: Fri, April 19 2019. 09:35 IST