President Donald Trump on Friday continued to claim there was “no collusion” between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia as Washington braces for special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report.
“I have no idea about [the] Mueller report,” Trump told reporters outside the White House before he departed for a meeting with foreign leaders at his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “We’re going to see what happens, it’s going to be very interesting…there was no collusion, there was no obstruction — everybody knows it. It’s all a big hoax.”
He added that Attorney General William Barr “will ultimately make a decision” about the report’s release.
Trump noted that he did not know when Mueller would submit his report when asked if the report would be submitted on Friday. Recent high-profile departures from the special counsel’s office, including top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann and top FBI investigator David Archey, has led to public speculation that Mueller is nearing the end of his investigation.