President Trump on Wednesday said he doesn’t mind if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III releases his report to the public when it is finished, amid signs that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign may be winding down.
“I don’t mind,” Trump told reporters outside the White House before departing for a trip to Lima, Ohio. “I mean, frankly, I told the House, ‘If you want, let them see it.’ ”
The House last week voted overwhelmingly to release Mueller’s report in its entirety once it is completed, but the resolution was blocked by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) in the Senate.
Trump maintained Wednesday that there was “no collusion” between his presidential campaign and Russia. He also argued that he won the support of “tens of millions of voters” in 2016, while Mueller “never got a vote.”
“Explain that, because my voters don’t get it, and I don’t get it,” Trump said. “Now, at the same time, let it come out. Let people see it. That’s up to the attorney general . . . and we’ll see what happens.”
Trump took aim at Mueller, who has spearheaded the investigation for nearly two years, as someone who had written his report “out of the blue.”
“I know that he’s conflicted,” Trump said. The president and his legal team have repeatedly claimed that Mueller has multiple conflicts of interest but have declined to explain their allegations.
The president also claimed Wednesday that Mueller’s “best friend is Comey, who’s a bad cop,” referring to James B. Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director.
Comey’s firing in 2017 is among the actions being examined by Mueller’s team as it probes whether Trump has sought to obstruct the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
John Wagner contributed to this report.