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President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Dem hits back at Trump for giving 'firefighting advice' to Paris: 'Do your own damn job' French officials reject Trump suggestion to use 'flying water tankers' on Notre Dame fire Overnight Energy: Interior watchdog opens investigation into new secretary | Warren unveils 2020 plan to stop drilling on public lands | Justices reject case challenging state nuclear subsidies | Court orders EPA to re-evaluate Obama pollution rule MORE said he is not worried about the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s report, saying it will show the now-closed Russia investigation was “a total phony.”
“I heard it's going to come out on Thursday. That's good. And there can't be anything there because there was no crime. There was no anything,” Trump said in an interview with Minneapolis TV station KSTR during a Monday trip promoting his tax law.
The president repeated his assertion that crimes were “committed by the other side” and not by him or his campaign, saying “this crime was all made up. It was all a fabrication.”
Trump was commenting directly for the first time on the Justice Department’s announcement it would publish a redacted version of Mueller’s report on Thursday.The president has taken a victory lap after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Mueller report coming Thursday | YouTube adds 9/11 info to Notre Dame fire video | New details on case against Assange | Thousands sign petition to ban Trump on social media | Conservatives side with big tech in GOP fight 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' to run long Thursday for deep dive into Mueller report Schiff, Nunes pressed DOJ for Mueller briefing MORE released a last month letter saying he would not face charges on collusion or obstruction in Russia’s effort to interfere in the 2016 election.
But many in Washington believe the report will contain more damaging information about Trump’s conduct than Barr’s letter, a result that could breathe new life into the Russia controversy and hand a political gift to Democrats.
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