Trump flips his lid and berates reporters in a rambling response to Robert Mueller's hearing

Trump flips his lid and berates reporters in a rambling response to Robert Mueller's hearing
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President Donald Trump delivered a rambling and aggressive response to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday, lashing out at reporters during press gaggle.


Trump declared that the day was "very good" for him, and he panned Mueller's performance before Congress. Trump failed to acknowledge that, despite all of the president's vicious attacks, Mueller bent over backward to be fair to him and largely avoided impugning the president.

One of the rare critical things Mueller did say about the president was that his comments boosting WikiLeaks during that campaign were "problematic" to say the least. Asked about this, Trump said WikiLeaks was a "hoax," though it's not clear what he actually meant by this, since the organization clearly exists.

When asked about whether he was concerned about being indicted after he leaves office — which Mueller emphasized is a possibility — Trump falsely said that Mueller retracted that claim. In fact, Mueller corrected another claim, in which he had seemed to imply that the only reason he didn't indict Trump was because of Justice Department policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller withdrew this mark and said that this policy prevented his team from even considering indicting Trump at all, though future prosecutors could bring charges once he's out of office.

But Trump falsely insisted that Mueller hadn't said he could be charged when he's no longer president.

"He did a correction later on in the afternoon, and you know what that correction was! And yet you still ask the question! And you know why?" Trump said. "Because you're fake news! And you're one of the most! And let me tell you: the fact that you even asked that question — you're fake news. Because you know what? He totally corrected himself in the afternoon. And you know that just as well as anybody!"

Again, all of this was incorrect, either based on the president's misunderstanding or a blatant lie.

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