Mueller on Trump's WikiLeaks embrace: 'Problematic is an understatement'

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"Problematic is an understatement in terms of what it displays in terms of giving some, I don't know, hope or some boost to what is and should be illegal activity," Mueller said when asked for his reaction.

Trump mentioned WikiLeaks regularly during campaign rallies in October 2016 as damaging emails about his opponent trickled out.

"I love WikiLeaks," Trump said in one instance. 

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"Boy I love reading those WikiLeaks," he said in another.

Trump mentioned WikiLeaks 145 times in the final month of the campaign alone, according to NBC News.

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