Donald Trump was convinced that the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel marked the “end” of his presidency, privately fuming to his advisers that he was “f–ked,” according to Mueller’s long-awaited report released Thursday.
According to notes obtained by the special counsel’s investigators, Trump was in the Oval Office when former Attorney General Jeff Sessions entered the room on May 17, 2017 to inform the president that Mueller had been tasked with investigating his 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia.
“Oh my god. This is terrible,” Trump fumed, slumped back in his chair, according to Mueller’s report. “This is the end of my presidency. I’m f–ked.”
In his 448-page report, Mueller declined to exonerate Trump of obstructing justice and even suggested Congress should take action against the president — a revelation that seemingly contradicts Attorney General William Barr’s statement on the matter.
“We concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” Mueller wrote.
Trump has on numerous occasions tried to influence or put pressure on federal investigators looking into his 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia.
The earliest known examples involved FBI Director James Comey, who led the bureau’s first counterintelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Comey has testified that Trump repeatedly told to him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation and apparently also asked the FBI chief to not pursue charges against Michael Flynn, the president’s first national security adviser who has since pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with a Russian ambassador.