The president has accused people who participated in the investigation of treason and implied they may be punished for it.
US President Trump condemned the now-completed investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, calling it an “attempted takeover of [the US] government”, CNN reported Wednesday.
“We can never allow this treasonous, these treasonous acts to happen to another president”, Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
“This was an attempted takeover of our government, of our country, an illegal takeover”, Trump said. “If it were the other way around, where I was doing it to President Obama or a Democrat, it would be virtually the maximum sentence that you can find”.
Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections has not revealed any conspiracy between Russia and Trump or any of his associates, according to a four-page review made by Attorney General William Barr.
“If the Republican Party had done this to the Democrats, if we had done this to President Obama, you’d have 100 people in jail right now and it would be treason. It would be considered treason and they’d be in jail for the rest of their lives”.
In his comments, Donald Trump accused disgraced former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, who have been proven to have had a biased approach to the investigation, as well as “hundreds of others” of treason, hinting they can be punished for it.
“In 50 years from now, in 100 years from now, if someone tries the same thing, they have to know that the penalty will be very, very great, if and when they get caught”.
The US president avoided a question about possible pardons for his former associates charged with or convicted of committing crimes as a part of Mueller’s investigation.
“[I don’t] want to talk about pardons now”, he said, but added the investigation was “sad on so many levels”, the CNN report says.
Dissatisfied with Barr’s review, Democrats are pushing for the full report to be released to the public. On Tuesday, a Justice Department official quoted by The Wall Street Journal said that a version of the report will be available for Congress and the public within weeks.
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