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“Watch out for people that take so-called ‘notes,’ when the notes never existed until needed,” President Donald Trump tweeted the day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation report was released to the public.

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During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr insisted that President Donald Trump ordering his underlings to lie to Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not meet the definition of obstruction of justice.

Mueller outlined in his report that Trump had instructed then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to deny that he had ordered McGahn to fire Mueller:

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on 5G deployment in the United States on April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump discussed plans to build out a nationalized 5G network with plans to invest $20 billion improving broadband access. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Monday continued to boast about his nonexistent exoneration in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report by falsely claiming that Mueller never spoke with people in his innermost circle.

"Isn’t it amazing that the people who were closest to me, by far, and knew the Campaign better than anyone, were never even called to testify before Mueller," Trump tweeted. "The reason is that the 18 Angry Democrats knew they would all say ‘NO COLLUSION’ and only very good things!"

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Though President Donald Trump and his allies are painting the recently-released redacted Mueller Report as a total exoneration of the President for conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the White House is still struggling to spin the more damning details listed in the report (which explicitly doesn't exonerate the president on suspected obstruction).

The report reveals multiple accounts of White House staff ignoring the President's more legally and ethically questionable orders. When asked about this by Kaitlan Collins of CNN, Trump said:

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Much has been made of the instances Special Counsel Robert Mueller examined to determine whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice now that the redacted version of his comprehensive report has been released. That the president made many attempts to shut down the investigation is clear. That he failed, in large part because many in his orbit refused to comply with his orders, is even clearer.

“The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” the report said.

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TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump speaks to the press upon arrival at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia on August 21, 2018. - Trump said he was 'very sad' about Manafort conviction. Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump started his Thursday by hopping onto Twitter and boasting that the White House is operating like a "smooth running machine." Needless to say, the president has been getting dragged for it day.

"Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner had NOTHING to do with the so-called “pushing out” of Don McGahn.The Fake News Media has it, purposely, so wrong!" Trump wrote. "They love to portray chaos in the White House when they know that chaos doesn’t exist-just a “smooth running machine” with changing parts!"

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President Donald Trump fired White House Counsel Don McGahn Wednesday morning in a tweet that McGahn reportedly had no idea was coming.

"White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court," Trump wrote. "I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!"

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