Trump says he read Mueller report while claiming it said 'no collusion'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE said in a new interview that he read Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's report, repeatedly claiming that the special counsel's investigation found "no collusion" and saying it "essentially" ruled there was no obstruction. 

In the interview with ABC News, Trump repeatedly criticized Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump's campaign, calling it a witch hunt. 

"I have a phony witch hunt, which is just a phony pile of stuff," Trump said after being asked a question 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 StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosImpeachment can't wait Biden reverses, says marijuana isn't a gateway drug Democrats look to next steps in impeachment MORE responded before Trump chimed in again, saying, "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."

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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. 

Mueller's report, which was released in April, cited more than 100 contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia but noted that there was insufficient evidence to conclude a conspiracy took place. The report also noted that Mueller was unable to reach a conclusive determination on whether Trump obstructed justice. 

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."