President Donald Trump on Wednesday told a blatant lie about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During a press gaggle with reporters in the White House, Trump once again railed against the special counsel, whom he claimed was out to get him.
Trump added a new twist to his latest Mueller rant, however, by claiming that the special counsel’s report showed that his campaign was not interested in receiving help from the Russians in 2016.
“It said no collusion and no obstruction and no nothing,” the president said. “And, in fact, it said we actually rebuffed… Russia, that we actually pushed them back, we rebuffed them.”
In fact, the Mueller report documents how the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally” from Russia’s efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Most infamously, Trump son Donald Trump Jr. said he would “love” to have Russians help the campaign obtain damaging information on Clinton, and he arranged a meeting with Russian nationals that included Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Additionally, Mueller found that Manafort shared internal campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Ukrainian national whom the FBI believes has ties to Russian intelligence. Manafort gave Kilimnik this data, the report states, with the expectation that it would then be given to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum tycoon with deep ties to the Kremlin.
And in August 2016, Trump himself publicly welcomed Russia’s help in the election when he publicly encouraged it to obtain Clinton’s hacked emails — which happened to coincide with a new effort by Russian hackers to infiltrate Clinton’s campaign mere hours later.
Additionally, the entire Mueller report uses the word “rebuff” precisely once: In a footnote in which the word is part of a quoted newspaper headline.
Watch the video of Trump lying about the Mueller report below.
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"The pace of it, I think about the people who work in the White House," said Cooper. "I think President Trump — you know, Dorothy Parker said those born to the storm find the calm very boring. I don't know why he was born to the storm but that chaos—"
"Oh, he creates his own storm," said Colbert. "He takes a big bucket of seawater, throws it in his own face and says, 'I'm a sea captain.' We're going to ride it out, boys. Throw another bucket."