Trump: 'I could have fired everyone' on Mueller team if I wanted to

Trump: 'I could have fired everyone' on Mueller team if I wanted to
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE on Thursday pushed back against questions about whether he may have obstructed the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, asserting that he could have "fired everyone," including special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE, if he had so chosen. 

Trump quoted Fox News host Jesse WattersJesse WattersFox News host says US women's soccer team 'not helping' case for equal pay with 'their behavior' Trump: 'I could have fired everyone' on Mueller team if I wanted to Fox News wants Watters off O'Reilly comedy tour: report MORE, who said on "The Five" that Trump "was being framed" and "fought back."

"I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted," the president tweeted. "I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!"

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The president's tweet came as he traveled aboard Air Force One to Palm Beach, Fla., where he will spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

A redacted version of Mueller's full report was released Thursday morning. In it, the special counsel detailed 10 areas where investigators looked at whether Trump may have obstructed justice.

Mueller looked into, among other topics, Trump's efforts to remove the special counsel, his conduct surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWe've lost sight of the real scandal Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE and his encouragement of former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLewandowski says he's under no obligation to speak truthfully to the media Nadler considering holding Lewandowski in contempt Lewandowski, Democrats tangle at testy hearing MORE to take control of the investigation.

The special counsel ultimately did not exonerate or implicate Trump on obstruction charges.

“[I]f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment,” the report states.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrArizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Feehery: Impeachment fever bad for Democratic governing vision MORE said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE did not find sufficient evidence to prove obstruction of justice on the part of the president. 

Mueller's report further established there was "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian government, Barr said.

Trump's tweet marked one of his few public comments in the wake of the report's release.

The president briefly addressed the report's findings at an event for wounded military service members, saying that he was “having a good day” and reiterating his stance the report found “no collusion. No obstruction.”

He also tweeted a photo inspired by the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones” showing him staring into a fog behind the statement: “No collusion. No obstruction. For the haters and the radical left Democrats—Game Over.”

Trump did not address reporters as he departed the White House for Florida.