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Conflict of Interest: Mueller wanted to be FBI Director, I said no

Mueller's public remarks ramp up impeachment talk among 2020 Democrats

Mueller during his statement the previous day to reporters announced the closure of his office after concluding in late March the extensive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and whether Trump had obstructed justice.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time that Moscow helped him win the White House in 2016 - before retracting himself to launch a fiery attack on Robert Mueller and the Russian Federation probe. No, Mueller didn't find Obstruction either.

Mr Trump repeated his baseless claims that Mr Mueller is "conflicted", contending that the special counsel, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director under former president George W Bush, wanted his old job back, but that he had told him no.

Mueller's team ended up focusing on possible obstruction by the president, outlining 10 instances they said may constitute obstruction.

Trump, asked about impeachment by Congress, called it a "dirty word" and said he couldn't imagine the courts allowing him to be impeached.

US President Donald Trump briefly acknowledged in a tweet on Thursday that Russian Federation helped him get elected but quickly backtracked in comments to reporters.

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They only care who it helps, who benefits, whether my side benefits or the other side benefits: "everything is gauged by politics".

Mueller "should have never been chosen" to head the special investigation because he "is a true never-Trumper", the president told reporters Thursday morning on the White House South Lawn, a day after Mueller made his first public remarks on his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I've been in the business as I've said for over 50 years long before they were born and I know how to handle classified information and I believe strongly in protecting intelligence sources and methods". Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still firmly against it, which may explain why De Niro - a longtime critic of Trump - and others want an even more clear recommendation from Mueller.

Advisors to former President Barack Obama, who was in office during the campaign, have denied Trump's accusations.

Last week, Trump tweeted that the investigation into his campaign amounted to treason. Back in June 2018 the New York Times reported that it was one of the reasons Trump listed to aides in June 2018 when he attempted to fire Mueller - only backing away from the move when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to quit. Despite his stated reluctance, he must now heed the call to testify before Congress, even if he is unwilling to comment on all aspects of his report. As the full Mueller report makes clear, there was a prolonged and deliberate attempt to undermine American democracy through destabilizing how we select a president.

Mr Trump's 20-minute eruption underlined that he remains deeply distressed over the probe that has shadowed his presidency for almost two years, even after Mr Mueller announced his resignation and the closure of his office. He disagrees with Mueller that evidence gathered by the Department of Justice on a sitting president can be used by Congress for an impeachment proceeding, once again suggesting that the DOJ is not an independent institution.

He also announced the formal closure of the special counsel office and his resignation from the justice department to return to private life. "I'll continue to use it", he told CBS.

When asked if he knew that he would be accused of "protecting the president" when he accepted his role as attorney general, Barr replied that "in a way I did". He rattled off a series of names of people that he thought Mueller should have been investigating.