(WASHINGTON) — Moments after Attorney General William Barr concluded a news conference Thursday morning laying out his interpretation of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report ahead of its expected release to Congress and the public, President Donald Trump took to Twitter with a Game of Thrones reference to declare: “Game Over.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019
A White House official said the president watched the attorney general’s news conference from the White House residence.
Not long after, at a event honoring Wounded Warriors at the White House, Trump said “I’m having a good day, too. It was called no collusion no obstruction.
“There never was by the way and there never will be,” he continued.
The president went on to reiterate his call for an investigation into the origins of the probe, which he maintains was started unethically.
“We do have to get to the bottom of these things,” he told the audience gathered in the East Room. “This should never happen to another president again, this hoax.”
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president and one of his fiercest defenders, claimed that Thursday “really is the best day” since Trump was elected.
“I call this a political proctology exam,” Conway said. “And we emerged with a clean bill of health.”
“The Department of Justice made very clear that every request that was issued was responded to and fulfilled,” Conway said. “That should make people feel good about democracy and it should make them feel really great that a campaign that I managed to a successful end did not collude with any Russians. We’re accepting apologies today, too, for anybody who feels the grace in offering them.”
Conway said that she spent much of the day with the president and said he is “in a great mood.” Conway said Trump spoke with his lawyers, watched the press conference, and met with wounded vets at the White House this morning.
Conway did not directly answer whether she thinks special counsel Mueller should testify before Congress but she noted that the attorney general said: “Sure. You want to call Mr. Mueller to testify, call him to testify.”
The president is not expected to hold a formal press conference Thursday but is expected to make remarks to reporters as he departs the White House on his way to his Florida estate for the Easter weekend later Thursday.
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