(NBC News) A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election meddling and President Donald Trump has been released to Congress and the public.
The 448-page report reveals how President Trump felt threatened by the investigation, and tried to get his staff to fire Mueller.
According to the report, when President Trump learned Mueller had been appointed in May 2017, he launched an exploitative, saying: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency.”
Mueller also details several examples of potential obstruction of justice, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and one instance where the president directed then-White House Lawyer Don McGahn to order Mueller’s firing. McGahn refused, according to the report.
Mueller did not find evidence of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but could not draw a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice.
“At the same time, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” the report says.
Trump’s legal team issued a statement minutes after the report’s release online, calling it “a total victory for the President. The report underscores what we have argued from the very beginning — there was no collusion — there was no obstruction.”
Attorney General William Barr, who handed the report over to Congress Thursday, will testify on Capitol Hill next month.
Democrats are official calling for Mueller himself to come testify too.
They also want his full report to be made public.