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Trump insists Americans won’t believe Robert Mueller’s report if it makes him look bad

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President Donald Trump appears determined the American public will dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly-anticipated report on allegations of collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russia – if it makes him look bad.

This article was originally published at Salon

“People will not stand for it,” the commander-in-chief told Fox Business News in an interview Thursday. “For two years, we’ve gone through this nonsense, because there’s no collusion with Russia.”

Trump criticized Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and his decision to appoint Mueller in May 2017 to lead the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“It’s always interesting to me, because a deputy who didn’t get any votes appoints a man who didn’t get any votes – he’s going to write a report on me,” the president said, referring to Rosenstein and Mueller.

Rosenstein has attracted significant attention throughout his time in the No. 2 role at the Justice Department. He took control of the investigation into Russian meddling after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe — a decision that Trump has long criticized and continues to publicly attack, even though Sessions resigned late last year. Rosenstein tapped Mueller in May 2017, one day after it was revealed that former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired days earlier, documented his interactions with Trump on the Russia probe, including an alleged request from the president to drop any investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was a senior adviser on Trump’s presidential campaign. The news spurred Democrats, and even some Republicans, to call for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation.

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Also in the days after Trump fired Comey, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe launched an obstruction of justice investigation into the president to probe the firing and Trump’s Oval Office conversation with the former FBI director, in which the president allegedly asked Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn. Rosenstein wrote a memo justifying Comey’s firing.

Rosenstein has been a frequent target of Trump in the months after McCabe claimed Rosenstein had considered wearing a wire in meetings with the president without his knowledge. When that information was reported last year, Rosenstein’s tenure at the Justice Department was called into question. Rosenstein denied raising the possibility of wearing a wire during meetings with Trump, but McCabe alleged the suggestion was raised several times and that he had discussed the possibility with FBI lawyers. McCabe also claimed he and Rosenstein discussed potentially removing Trump from office under the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein has denied McCabe’s assertion. The White House has called McCabe’s claims “completely baseless,” and Trump accused him of being politically biased during his time at the Justice Department.

In his interview with Fox Business News, Trump blamed all of the people involved in the probe before stating, “With all of that being said, for two years we’ve gone through this nonsense, because there’s no collusion with Russia. You know that better than anybody.”

“There’s no obstruction,” he added. “They’ll say, ‘Oh, wait. There was obstruction. There was a hoax, but he obstructed in fighting against the hoax.'”

Trump has continued to claim there was “no collusion” between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia as Mueller’s probe is reportedly wrapping up. Attorney General William Barr will receive Mueller’s findings and Barr, in turn, is required to notify Congress about the special counsel’s conclusions. The report must explain Mueller’s “prosecution or declination decision,” according to special counsel regulations. However, Justice Department rules governing the special counsel do not require Barr to disclose the full report to lawmakers. Barr previously pledged to make as many of Mueller’s findings public as possible.

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Israel’s Netanyahu just christened a building named after Trump — that doesn’t even exist

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent his Father’s Day dedicating a new Trump Tower-type building that hasn't been built in a town that doesn't exist.

Standing in front of a large sign saying "Trump Heights," Netanyahu, who is being forced back into another election, announced the building before planning even began, Axios reported.

A great day on the Golan. PM Netanyahu and I had the honor to dedicate “Trump Heights” — first time Israel has dedicated a village in honor of a sitting president since Harry Truman (1949). Happy Birthday Mr. President!! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/fdYWzokFLK

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This graphic explains why Speaker Pelosi is resistant to impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has told her caucus that they can do investigations into the president without impeachment. The difference, however, is that there are fewer legal benefits available to Congress in their oversight role than in impeachment.

Theoretically, it should enable Democrats to do the research they need, but the White House is taking the bold step to defy the oversight the Constitution outlines. The only option open to the Democrats has been to go to court with their case outlining how the White House is breaking the law. Thus far, they've won two lawsuits about their investigations, and they will likely gain more.

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Trump says if GOP paid for Steele dossier ‘there’d be hell to pay’ — Republicans paid for half of it

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President Donald Trump tweeted out once again that he doesn't know the difference between a man hired to do opposition research and an entire country intruding on an election to sway the result.

In a Sunday Twitter rant, Trump proclaimed that if Republicans had done something like that, "there'd be hell to pay."

......If Republicans ever did that to the Democrats, there would be all hell to pay. It would be a scandal like no other!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2019

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