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Huckabee blasts Romney: 'Makes me sick' that you could have been president

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) blasted Sen. Mitt Romney on Friday after the Utah Republican said he was "sickened" by President Trump's actions in the Mueller report.

"Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS," Huckabee tweeted.

Romney was the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012 when former President Obama won reelection. Huckabee ran against Romney for the GOP nomination in 2008 and then unsuccessfully for the nomination again in 2016.

 

Huckabee, an ally of Trump who is also the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, pushed back hours after the Utah senator blasted the "dishonesty and misdirection" described in special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

 

"I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter.

 

"I am appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia - including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement," he wrote. 

Romney's remarks were the most critical yet from a Republican after the Justice Department released a redacted version of Mueller's highly anticipated report on Thursday.

The sprawling 448-page report found that there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, but detailed the campaign's contacts with Russian figures as well as several instances of potential obstruction of justice on the part of the president.

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