'Like a 3rd world country!' Trump attacks Democrat 'coup' in 1st post-Mueller interview
On a victory lap since his election campaign was cleared of collusion with Moscow, Trump relied on a few tried and trusted tropes as he bashed the "13 angry Democrats" and "dirty cops" from the FBI for sparking the Russia investigation in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.Also on rt.com ‘We are at war’ with Russia: DNC Chair Perez says Trump is ‘compromised’
The long-awaited publication of the redacted version of the Mueller report appears to have given Trump a huge boost of confidence as he sounded more assertive than ever, taking aim at his political opponents and doubling down on his innocence. Although the report did not find any collusion, it did not provide any opinion whether Trump obstructed justice, which did not stop the president from declaring himself completely exonerated by the findings.
The greatest scandal in the history of our country. Bigger than Watergate, because it means so much. This wasn't stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments. This was an attempted coup. It's inconceivable. Like a third world country.
Trump lashed out at former rival Hillary Clinton for "destroying the lives" of his staffers, and blasted the FBI for going light on her during her private server investigation.
But now, he said, the "tables have turned" and "it's time to look at the other side," calling the Russia investigation an "attempted overthrow of the United States government" and "a disgraceful thing."
Trump accuses Hillary Clinton of "destroying the lives of people that were on our campaign. She's destroyed their lives."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 26, 2019
"This was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government," the president adds, referring to the Mueller probe. pic.twitter.com/Uvfcr1mQeo
Trump has frequently employed the same rhetoric when taking swipes at the Mueller probe. After the summary of the 400-page report was released in early April, Trump urged an investigation into "an attempted take-down of a president."
He has also compared the US to a "third-world country" before, telling a rally last year that only in a third-world country would the opposition would try to impeach the president "before you even found out whether or not he or she is going to do a great job."
While the Mueller report did not find any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, leaving a question mark over the obstruction issue, some of the most fervent Trump opponents in the Democrat camp insist on launching impeachment proceedings. The claims that the Kremlin has compromising material on Trump, which are likewise unsupported, are also not going away and have resurfaced in the media.
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