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Trump says ‘people will not stand’ for Mueller report

President Trump suggested the public would view special counsel Robert Mueller’s expected report on possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow as illegitimate. 

“A deputy that didn’t get any votes appoints a man that didn’t get any votes, he’s going to write a report on me,” Trump told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation.

{mosads}“I have a deputy, appoints a man to write a report on me, to make a determination on my presidency. People will not stand for it.”

Trump has long slammed Mueller’s probe, which is expected to end in the coming days or weeks, as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

“For two years we’ve gone through this nonsense. There’s no collusion with Russia … and there’s no obstruction. They’ll say, ‘oh, well wait, there was no collusion, that was a hoax, but he obstructed in fighting against the hoax,’” he said in the Fox Business interview that aired Friday. 

Despite the broadsides, Trump said this week Mueller’s final report should be made public, though that decision is ultimately up to Attorney General William Barr. 

“Let it come out. Let people see it,” Trump told reporters this week. “We’ll see what happens. Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.” 

Barr has been noncommittal about the report’s release, saying during his confirmation hearing he wants “to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.”

Polls have shown that the public overwhelmingly says Mueller’s conclusions should be made public, and the House last week approved a nonbinding resolution for the report to be made available to lawmakers and the public by a 420-0 margin.

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