On Thursday, the world at large got its first look at special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and its interactions with the Trump campaign. While parts of the 448-page report are , it does shed light on the investigation, including President Donald Trump's reaction to the appointment of a special counsel in 2017.
When then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the president about the appointment on May 17, 2017, Trump responded: "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm fucked."
The president became angry, according to the report, and asked Sessions: "How could you let this happen, Jeff?" He continued: "Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won't be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me."
The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a press conference Thursday, Attorney General William Barr reiterated that the investigation found no evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia. The report did conclude that Russia interfered in the election in two ways, by sowing disinformation on social media and by hacking into the campaign of Trump's opponent. It said that despite links between people connected to the Trump campaign and those connected to the Russian government, there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges.
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