(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump was dismayed to learn about the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller because he feared he wouldn't be able to get anything done as president with the cloud of investigation hanging over him.
The Mueller report (Part II, page 78) says President Trump learned of Mueller's appointment immediately after it happened from then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was meeting with the president and several others to interview candidates for FBI Director:
According to the report:
Sessions stepped out of the Oval Office to take a call from [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein, who told him about the Special Counsel appointment, and Sessions then returned to inform the President of the news.
According to notes written by [Sessions' Chief of Staff Jody] Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm fucked."
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 that 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."
(A footnote says early the next morning, Trump tweeted: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!")
Various liberal media outlets have seized on the President's "I'm f****d" remark to make it appear that he knew he had something to hide. A full reading of the paragraph suggests otherwise.