Donald Trump said the best proof of ‘no obstruction’ was the fact that he generously allowed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to conclude his futile Russiagate witch hunt, even though as president he had the power to end the probe.
“I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted,” Trump tweeted, after the publication of the redacted version of the two-year probe. “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 has long accused the Democrats of conducting a “witch hunt” against him. But, while the investigation exonerated the US president of any collusion with Moscow, his critics keep on insisting that Trump could still have been complicit in obstructing the investigation.
Throughout the long, bitter probe process, there were reports that Trump had wanted to dismiss Mueller himself, as well as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former White House Counsel Don McGahn, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
On Thursday Attorney General William Barr said that, while the special counsel had looked into 10 different instances of potential obstruction, none of those cases called for criminal prosecution of the president.