Buttigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much'

Buttigieg on Mueller report: 'Politically, I'm not sure it will change much'
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Presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE said Thursday that he doubts the Mueller report will change much politically for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE

"Politically, I’m not sure it will change much," he said while appearing on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." "If we really want to send Trumpism into the history books, the best thing we can do is defeat it decisively at the ballot box in 2020."

The mayor of South Bend, Ind., said, however, that he believes Trump's behavior as detailed in the report was "unethical" and "legally problematic."

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"There was a lot of behavior that was at best unethical and legally problematic, to put it charitably," he said. "The way that the attorney general conducted himself as though he were the personal attorney of the president was incredibly troubling too." 

The Justice Department on Thursday released a redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report. Prior to the report's release, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHouse gears up for Mueller testimony History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week Court filings show Trump, Cohen contacts amid hush money payments MORE held a press conference in which he defended Trump. Democrats and media figures have questioned whether the conference was appropriate. 

Buttigieg officially launched his presidential campaign on Sunday. He is one of more than a dozen people competing for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination.