(CBS NEWS) — Attorney General William Barr released of the long-anticipated report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Barr held a press conference Thursday morning to discuss the report’s release.
The Justice Department has posted the Mueller report here.
Barr said Mueller made no determination on obstruction independent of Justice Department guidelines saying a sitting president could not be indicted.
He said Mueller did not indicate he wanted to leave the determination of whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice to Congress. Barr said he has no objection to Mueller appearing before Congress to discuss the report.
CBS will be highlighting parts of the report throughout the day — here’s just one nugget:
When former Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the president a special counsel had been appointed in May 2017, the president slumped back in his chair and said “Oh my god. This is terrible. This is the end my presidency. I’m f**ked. I’m f**ked.”
The president became angry and lambasted the attorney general for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating “How could you let this happen, Jeff?” The president said the position of attorney general was his most important appointment and that Sessions had “let (him) down,” contrasting him to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy.
Sessions recalled the president said to him, “You were supposed to protect me,” or words to that effect. The president returned to the consequences of the appointment and said, “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels, it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”