(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump, speaking with reporters as he left for Ohio on Wednesday, said he has "no idea" when the Mueller report will be released; and he said he doesn't mind if the American public sees the report.
But several times, in similar ways, the president objected to an unelected special counsel writing the report in the first place, in light of Trump's "greatest electoral victory."
Here's how those exchanges went:
"No collusion. No collusion," Trump said as he walked toward reporters who were waiting for him outside the White House:
I have no idea when it's going to be released. It's interesting that a man gets appointed by a deputy, he writes a report. You know, never figured that one out. A man gets appointed by a deputy, he writes a report.
I had the greatest electoral victory, one of them, in the history of our country. Tremendous success. Tens of millions of voters, and now somebody is going to write a report who never got a vote. So we'll see what the report says. Let's see if it's fair. I have no idea (when) it's going to be released.
A reporter asked President Trump if the American public has a right to see the Mueller report, which will remain confidential unless the Trump administration agrees to release it.
"I don't mind," Trump responded:
I mean, frankly, I told the House, if you want, let them see it. Again, I say, a deputy, because of the fact that the Attorney General didn't have the courage to do it himself, a deputy that's appointed appoints another man to write a report. I just won an election with 63 million votes or so. 63 million. I had 206 to 223 in the Electoral College. 306 to 223. And I'm saying to myself, wait a minute, I just won one of the greatest elections of all time in the history of this country and even you will admit that, and now I have somebody writing a report that never got a vote. It's called the Mueller report.
So explain that because my voters don't get it and I don't get it. Now at the same time, let it come out, let people see it, that's up to the attorney general, we have a very good attorney general, he's a very highly respected man, and we'll see what happens. But it's sort of interesting that a man out of the blue just writes a report. I got 306 electoral votes against 223. That's a tremendous victory. I got 63 million more. I got 63 million votes and now somebody just writes a report. I think it's ridiculous.
But I want to see the report, and you know who wants to see it? The tens of millions of people that love the fact that we have the greatest economy we've ever had. I'm going to Ohio right now. They were going to close the plant. That's where they make the tanks. It was going to be closed and I stopped them from closing it and now it's thriving and doing great. And the people of Ohio, they like Trump because I've done a great job in Ohio. And I've done a great job all over the country. That's what the people want to hear.
And finally, a third question on whether Trump thinks Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a "bad actor."
"I know nothing about it," Trump said:
I know that he's conflicted, and I know that his best friend is Comey, who is a bad cop. And I know that there are other things, obviously. You know, I had a business transaction with him that I've reported many times that you people don't talk about, but I had a nasty business transaction with him and other things. I know that he put 13 highly conflicted and, you know, very angry, I called them angry Democrats in. So you know, I--so what it is--now, let's see whether or not it's legit.
You know better than anybody there's no collusion. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing. But it's sort of an amazing thing that when you had a great victory, somebody comes in, does a report out of nowhere, tell me how that makes sense, who never got a vote, who the day before he was retained to become special counsel, I told him he would be working at the FBI. End of the following day, they get him for this. I don't think so. I don't--I don't think people get it. With all of that being said, I look forward to seeing the report.