President Trump on Thursday, April 18, pushed back against questions about whether he may have obstructed the Russia investigation in the 2016 election, asserting that he had the right to end it.
The president quoted Jesse Watters, a host on Fox News, who said on “The Five” that Trump was “framed” and “fought back.”
“I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!”
“Donald Trump was being framed, he fought back. That is not Obstruction.” @JesseBWatters I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
Trump had criticized the probe against him for a long time as an illegal, partisan “witch hunt.” Following the release of a four-page summary of the 448-page report by Attorney General William Barr on March 24, Trump announced the investigation as a total exoneration.
Trump said, “This should never happen to another president again.”
Brad Parscale, campaign manager of the Trump re-election campaign, said in a statement on Thursday that spying had occurred on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
“Now the tables have turned, and it’s time to investigate the liars who instigated this sham investigation into President Trump, motivated by political retribution and based on no evidence whatsoever,” the statement said.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) April 18, 2019
Attorney General William Barr said he and the president’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did not find enough evidence to prove the president’s obstruction of justice.
There was “no collusion” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Barr said, further established by Mueller’s report.
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