Trump howls about obstruction as Congress considers impeachment: ‘Fought back against this phony crime’
Donald Trump yelling during the 2016 Republican National Convention/Screenshot

President Donald Trump claimed a right to obstruct justice after special counsel Robert Mueller publicly discussed evidence that he tried to influence the two-year Russia probe -- and more lawmakers call for an impeachment inquiry.

Mueller reminded the public that his office was prohibited from charging Trump, which the president has claimed as exoneration, and the special counsel stated that he would have cleared the president on obstruction if he could have.

Trump insisted he was justified to obstruct an investigation he believed was unfair.

"Russia, Russia, Russia!" he tweeted. "That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax. And now Russia has disappeared because I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected. It was a crime that didn’t exist."

"So now the Dems and their partner, the Fake News Media," Trump added, "say he fought back against this phony crime that didn’t exist, this horrendous false acquisition, and he shouldn’t fight back, he should just sit back and take it. Could this be Obstruction? No, Mueller didn’t find Obstruction either. Presidential Harassment!"