President Donald Trump on Wednesday had a half-hearted message for members of Congress concerned that he will soon fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “They are still here.”
“As far as the two gentlemen you told me about, they have been saying I am going to get rid of them for the last three months,” Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in south Florida during a joint news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. “Four months, five months, and they are still here. So we want to get the investigation over with, done with. Put it behind us.”
The president also called the Justice Department’s examination of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election “a hoax” concocted “largely by the Democrats as a way of softening the blow” of Hillary Clinton’s loss in the race for the White House.
“There is no collusion,” Trump said. “There is no collusion with Russia other than by the Democrats. Or, as I call them, the obstructionists. Because they truly are obstructionist. We are hopefully coming to the end. It is a bad thing for our country. Very, very bad thing for our country. But there has been no collusion. They won’t find any collusion. It doesn’t exist.”
Regarding his compliance with Mueller’s investigation, Trump maintained that “nobody has ever been more transparent” than he has, and that his administration is “giving tremendous amounts of paper” to investigators.