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Trump says Democrats are handing out subpoenas 'like they're cookies'

President Trump said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is handing out subpoenas "like they're cookies" in a Fox News interview Wednesday night. 

The comment came in a wide-ranging interview during which he railed against the investigations into his administration and the media's treatment of his campaign. 

Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity that Pelosi "hands out subpoenas like they're cookies," while former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was more cautious in issuing the summons.

"The Democrats fight a dirtier fight. It's too bad," Trump said.

Democratic leaders have issued a series of subpoenas to compel the administration to release disputed documents and witness testimony, an effort the White House has fought. As Speaker, Pelosi does not need to approve subpoena requests issued by committees, nor did Ryan. 

The president had ridiculed Democrats earlier in the day for calling his former communications director Hope Hicks in to testify behind a closed-door House Judiciary Committee meeting, saying they were putting her "through hell."

Hicks is seen as a key witness in the investigation into potential obstruction of justice. She was mentioned more than 180 times in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. 

Trump on Wednesday also repeated his claims that the Mueller report exonerated him of any wrongdoing. Mueller has said only that he found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and would not make a determination on obstruction of justice because a sitting president cannot be indicted.

During his Fox News interview Trump repeatedly mentioned the size and energy of his reelection launch rally in Orlando, Fla., the night before, calling it a "tailgate party of the country." 

He also said that he's not concerned about any of the 24 Democrats running in the presidential primary for a chance to beat him in 2020. 

"I look at some of them, I don't see George Washington, I don't see Churchill, I don't see anybody in particular that I worry about," Trump said. 

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