One of the most memorable moments during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday featured Mueller stating that President Donald Trump could be charged for obstruction of justice after leaving office.
This seems...big. Thanks to Republican Ken Buck for getting this on the record: Buck: "Could you charge the presid… https://t.co/dNL2HFRJ79— Pod Save America (@Pod Save America) 1563979824.0
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump had a lot to say to reporters about the possibility of charges down the line.
During a press gaggle, NBC News correspondent Hallie Jackson asked a question many people wondered after watching Mueller testify. Was President Trump concerned about facing indictments after he left office?
Trump fired back at Jackson that the claim was "fake news," insisting that Mueller corrected himself about the possibility of future charges.
The President said to Jackson:
"When you saw Robert Mueller’s statement. The earlier statement, and then he did a recap. He did a correction later on in the afternoon..And you know what that correction was, and you still ask the question. You know why? Because you're fake news. And you're one of the most."
The President targeted Jackson specifically.
"The fact that you even ask that question, you’re fake news because you know what, he totally corrected himself in the afternoon and you know that just as well as anybody."
Watch the volatile interaction here.
Trump gets mad when a reporter asks him if he's concerned about getting indicted after he leaves office, says "Wiki… https://t.co/QpUtHrupoL— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1564002061.0
Unfortunately for Trump, people do know what the correction was about and it's not what he claims. When fact checked in real time, the President again lies and calls another female reporter "fake news" for confronting him with facts.
Trump is totally in denial about the real possibility that he could be indicted after he leaves office, berates a s… https://t.co/BGDMr7ebBz— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1564002221.0
Then the President yelled at yet another female reporter as reported by C-SPAN.
The exchange between President Trump and a reporter asking about a line of questioning in today's #MuellerHearings… https://t.co/AjqsUe4dAY— CSPAN (@CSPAN) 1564004172.0
The President said Mueller backtracked on the issue of a possibility of indictments after he leaves office. That is false.
@atrupar It... just... happened... I heard Mueller say that ... how is it fake now? (rhetorical question)— Mer-do-well (@Mer-do-well) 1564002383.0
What Mueller actually corrected was a characterization that his office decided to not charge Trump solely based on Justice Department policy that a sitting President cannot be indicted. He later stated that was incorrect phrasing as his office had made no decisions regarding guilt or innocence.
But when asked again about the possibility of Trump facing future indictments, Mueller replied again that it was possible.
@atrupar https://t.co/qemtzUSGJI— HangryDad (@HangryDad) 1564007043.0
The President also made claims of the investigation which lead to a number of indictments, convictions and sentences was a witch hunt, a hoax and the result of lies by Democrats among others.
Trump also backtracked on his own claims of "total exoneration" then stated six networks asked the White House not to come in to the press office because no one would be covering Mueller's testimony.
Months after proclaiming "total exoneration," Trump now says Mueller "never had the right to exonerate." https://t.co/tbxbjDp2oz— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1564001996.0
TRUMP: "If you listen to the internet, this was one of the worst performances in the history of our country ... it… https://t.co/bFmL3xYQzl— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1564002570.0
People were not surprised the President refused to face facts or answer honestly.
@atrupar This man is a drain on my soul. How can a person loved by so many be such a douchebag? I don't care if he'… https://t.co/j6AGeVtytG— dalidaisy (@dalidaisy) 1564003204.0
@atrupar He is desperate to ignore the FACT THAT HE IS ILLEGITIMATE 🤣 #Trimp #TrumpIsAFelon #TrumpIsNotAboveTheLaw… https://t.co/MbeU1kiKoH— Obamacrat (@Obamacrat) 1564005052.0
@atrupar @DumboRat4000 I wish just once when Trash45 rails out at a reporter who is part of the WH press Corp “you’… https://t.co/1beQJmLNUL— Mike Prater (@Mike Prater) 1564003336.0
@atrupar "STOP LAUGHING AT ME!!!" https://t.co/vfSuGxneeg— UncleSamsTrenchGun (@UncleSamsTrenchGun) 1564069505.0
People nailed down the definition of Trump's fake news: any news he does not like.
@atrupar So if someone asks a question he doesn't like, they're "fake news"? Is this how a sitting US President act… https://t.co/VzmKVWI2OR— I am me, call me Kami (@I am me, call me Kami) 1564006789.0
@atrupar Everybody is wrong but him. Everyone is a liar but him. Everyone but him is not telling the truth. Just an angry man.— R.Morton (@R.Morton) 1564003029.0
@atrupar "FAKE NEWS" = Anything that makes Trump look bad.— DJSelektra #TheResistance 🏳️🌈 🇨🇦 🇺🇸 (@DJSelektra #TheResistance 🏳️🌈 🇨🇦 🇺🇸) 1564004930.0
@atrupar Never forget, “fake news” = “news Trump doesn’t like”.— Dan Waber (@Dan Waber) 1564002469.0
@atrupar You’re fake news! https://t.co/GwJZakmgZf— Homer (@Homer) 1564009485.0
And one person had a wish for Hallie Jackson.
@atrupar I hope the reporter he called fake news has a front row seat as Trump is indicted when his term is done.— Kimma (@Kimma) 1564002314.0