President Trump insisted in a new interview with ABC News that he read Robert Mueller’s 448-page report, falsely claiming that the special counsel’s investigation “essentially” ruled there was no obstruction.
“I have a phony witch hunt, which is just a phony pile of stuff,” Trump said after being asked about what he’d say to swing voters on the fence about the 2020 election.
“Mueller comes out — there’s no collusion and essentially a ruling that no obstruction,” he added. “And they keep going with it. You know what? People are angry about it.”
“I don’t think that’s what he found, but we don’t have time for that,” ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos responded before Trump said, “That is what he found. Excuse me. He found no collusion, and he didn’t find anything having to do with obstruction because they made a ruling based on his findings, and they said no obstruction.”
Stephanopoulos responded by noting that Mueller’s team “laid out evidence of obstruction.”
“Oh, are you trying to say now that there was collusion, even though he said there is no collusion?” Trump replied before later stating, “George, the report said no collusion.”
“Did you read the report?” the ABC News anchor asked, prompting Trump to reply, “Yes, I did, and you should read it, too.”
“I read every word,” Stephanopoulos responded.
ABC News noted that Trump again brought up the Mueller report after being asked a question about 2020 polling he doesn’t like.
“Because it’s untrue,” Trump said. “I like the truth. You know, I’m actually a very honest guy. If I thought they were correct, I wouldn’t be complaining at all. It’s like the witch hunt that goes on.”