Trump on 'Collusion' Plotters: 'It was an Illegal Investigation ... Attempted Coup ... Treason'

By Michael W. Chapman | April 11, 2019 | 12:51pm EDT
President Donald Trump. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( -- Outside the White House on Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump commented on the Mueller report finding of "no collusion" between Russia and the 2016 campaign and said that "crooked" people in the FBI and the Clinton campaign concocted the collusion as "an attempted coup," an "attempted takedown of a president."  Trump added that "they got caught" and "what they did was treason."

"What they did was disgraceful," said the president. "There’s never been anything like it in the history of our country.”

Trump's claims about a coup and possible treason have been echoed by some members of Congress, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have called for investigating abuses by the FBI. Attorneys Joe diGenova, Alan Dershowitz, and Mark Levin have also discussed the topic on televison and radio. Levin has described what happened as a "silent coup."

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr testified, "Spying on a political campaign is a big deal. ... I think spying did occur."

Later on Wednesday, President Trump told reporters, “The Mueller report is interesting. After $35 million … people who truly hated Donald Trump, truly hated Trump, they found no collusion whatsoever with Russia. I could have told you that and so could most people, and so could everybody who voted for me, and that was a lot of people."

In his report, Special Counsel Robert Mueller states, “[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

“So, after wasting all of this money and all of this time with people that were haters, people that worked on the Hillary Clinton Foundation, people that were absolutely haters of Trump, they found no collusion," said the president.


“What has been found during this period of time are the illegal acts of getting this whole phony investigation started," he said. "Hopefully, that’s where people are going now. That’s where people are going."

"It’s very interesting," said Trump.  "It was an illegal investigation. It was started illegally. Everything about it was crooked. Every single thing about it. There were dirty cops. These were bad people. You look at McCabe and Comey, and you look at Lisa [Page] and [Peter] Strzok. These were bad people." (Former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page, and former FBI Counterintelligence Chief Peter Strzok.) 

Ex-FBI Director James Comey.  (YouTube)

Trump continued, "This was an attempted coup. This was an attempted takedown of a president, and we beat them. We beat them. … We fight back. And you know why we fight back? Because I knew how illegal this whole thing was. It was a scam. What I'm most interested in is getting started. Hopefully the attorney general, he mentioned it yesterday – he’s doing a great job – getting started on going back of the origins where exactly all this started."

“This was an illegal witch hunt," said the president. "And everybody knew it, and they [Trump's critics] knew it too.  And they got caught."

Ex-FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok and ex-FBI
Attorney Lisa Page, whose mutual text messages revealed great
contempt and opposition to Trump. Strzok and Page, adulterous
lovers, were among the top FBI officials investigating the fake
Russia collusion case. (YouTube)

"What they did was treason," he said.  "What they did was treason. What they did was terrible. What they did was against our Constitution and everything we stand for. So, hopefully, that  [investigation] will happen."

“There is a hunger for that to happen in this country like I have never seen before, including all the millions of people that voted for me," Trump told the reporters. "What they did was disgraceful. There’s never been anything like it in the history of our country.”

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