Kasich: Trump's behavior in Mueller report shows 'America deserves better'

Kasich: Trump's behavior in Mueller report shows 'America deserves better'

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Saturday excoriated 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 over details in special counsel 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, declaring that "America deserves better."

Kasich, who is mulling launching a Republican presidential primary challenge to Trump in 2020, tweeted that Trump's behavior in the Mueller report "is more than disappointing."

"It’s unacceptable & not behavior we should expect from our president. It's worse than I've seen in my career observing & working with presidents or public officials," he wrote.

In a sprawling 448-page report released Thursday, Mueller said that his team could "not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated" with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.

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However, Mueller stopped short of clearing Trump regarding potential obstruction of justice involving the Russia probe itself, saying that Congress has the authority to conduct obstruction investigations.

The special counsel’s team examined 10 “episodes” of possible obstruction, including several instances in which Trump urged his associates to lie to the public or try to have Mueller fired.

“The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” Mueller wrote.

Kasich has emerged as one of the few Republican critics of the president, focusing much of his ire on Trump’s conduct while in office. He has been weighing a potential primary challenge to Trump, saying this week that “all of my options remain on the table.”

The former Ohio governor has also been in touch with former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldGeorgia GOP submits only Trump's name for primary Democrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges Weld: Trump using border wall as a 'scare tactic' MORE (R), who has formally announced a campaign to challenge Trump for the GOP nomination next year. Weld said this week that he has encouraged Kasich to throw his hat into the ring as well.