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Trump says Democrats want to ‘demean this country’ with subpoenas for Mueller report

April 2, 2019 GMT

On the eve of House Judiciary Committee issuing subpoenas for a complete version of the Mueller report, President Trump said Democrats are engaged in politics at a very low level.

I think its ridiculous, Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House. We went through two years of the Mueller investigation. Theres no collusion, theres no obstruction, and now were going to start this process all over again?

While the president said hell abide by Attorney General William P. Barrs decision on releasing the report, Mr. Trump added, These are just Democrats that want to try and demean this country. It shouldnt be allowed.

Mr. Barr has said he plans to deliver a redacted version of the special counsels report to Congress sometime in mid-April. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York said the panel intends to authorize subpoenas to see the full version of the report, including the special counsels work product.

The president said Democrats will never be satisfied, singling out Mr. Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, California Democrat.

Nothing you can give them, whether its shifty Schiff or Jerry Nadler hes been fighting me for half of my life in Manhattan not successfully, Mr. Trump said. Anything we give them will never be enough. Its a 400-page report? We could give them 800 pages and it wouldnt be enough. This is just politics at a very low level.

The president said his only disappointment with the Mueller report is that it didnt examine the origins of the FBI counter-intelligence investigation of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016, including wiretaps on a campaign official.

I hope they now go and take a look at the origins of the investigation whether its [former FBI deputy director Andrew] McCabe, or [former FBI director James] Comey, or a lot of them, the president said. How high up in the White House did it go? Thats the only thing thats disappointing to me about the Mueller report. I wish it covered the origins of the investigation. It didnt cover that. For some reason, none of that was discussed.

Mr. Trump challenged reporters to look into the question, asserting it was an effort by top government officials aligned with Hillary Clinton to negate his election.

You will all get Pulitzer prizes, he said. You should have looked at it a long time ago. You should look at the beginnings and where it started. some very bad people started something that should have never been started. I hope thats going to continue forward. People did things that were very, very bad for our country and very, very illegal. You could even say treasonous.