Apr 18, 2019 - World

Trump reacts to Mueller report release: "I chose not to" end investigation

In one of his first tweets after the release of the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday, President Trump said that he "had the right to end" the investigation, which he called a "whole Witch Hunt," but "chose not to."

"I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!"

The state of play: Mueller's report didn't state that Trump obstructed the investigations against him — though it laid out 10 potential episodes of obstruction of justice and explicitly did not exonerate him.

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