In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, President Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe a “coup” and “an attempted overthrow of the United States government” that is “bigger than Watergate.”
“This was a coup,” Trump said on Thursday night. “This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government.”
Trump then accused Hillary Clinton of “destroying the lives of people that were on our campaign. She’s destroyed their lives.”
Trump then compared the probe to the Watergate scandal which resulted in former President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
“Bigger than Watergate,” Trump said. “Because it means so much. This was a coup. This wasn’t stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments, this was an attempted coup.”
TRUMP: "This was a coup. This wasn't stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments. This was an attempted coup. Like a third world country. Inconceivable." pic.twitter.com/3g8LBIstLS
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Trump also claimed the investigation into Russian interference was something that would happen in “a third world country,” before placing blame on both Hillary Clinton and the FBI for the accusations.
“I think a lot of information is coming out and it’s coming out fast, much faster than anybody would’ve thought. There’s a lot of people very nervous about things going on,” he added.
Trump also said that, if anything, the focus should now be on what prompted the investigation to start in the first place. “We found everything going in the opposite direction and now the tables have turned. You’re seeing things come out. It’s going to be very interesting. It’s very important for the country to now find out how this whole thing started.”