Trump says public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report

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  • Mary Mc Lacey, WA
    March 22, 2019 1:07 a.m.

    When the report does come out who might look ridiculous then? I'll take a wild guess it won't be Mueller.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 21, 2019 7:33 p.m.

    Trump's at his games again. He's telling us yes means no and no means yes.

    We should see the Mueller report, all his bluster and trickery aside.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 21, 2019 6:48 p.m.

    If there is a scintilla of positive Trump news in the Mueller report, Trump will crow about forever.

    I imagine that might be, "We have not found any evidence of any Trump criminal wrong-doing that took place on February 29th."

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 21, 2019 3:24 p.m.

    @ 2 bits

    "But they (Russia) also ran attack adds on Trump."

    Putin admitted in Helsinki he wanted Trump to win. Manafort passed polling data to Russian intelligence in Spain. Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret "back channel" with Russia during the transition.

    Putin wants to create chaos in the United States and throughout the western world. When you make statements that don't hold up under scrutiny, I think it's your own way of purposefully creating chaos.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2019 2:57 p.m.

    Russia's goal is (and has always been) to discredit our leaders and our Government.

    To make Americans question/doubt our leaders and our Government. They thought (like everyone in the media) the next US President was going to be Clinton. So of course they focused most of their efforts discrediting her. Why focus on discrediting someone who's never going to be President?

    That's why they focused on distributing fake-news/bad stories about Clinton. But they also ran attack adds on Trump. They want us to doubt our leaders.

    The odd thing is... today Ds are doing the exact same thing, they seem to have the same goal as Russia (to discredit and cause as much doubt in our President and our Government as possible).

    Isn't that weird?

    And Rs played the same game when Obama was President. They had the same goal as the Russians back then (to discredit and destroy support for our President).

    Isn't that weird?

    I don't understand how Ds can't see that they are playing into the Russians hands today. Or how Rs couldn't see how they were doing exactly what the Russians wanted when Obama was President.

    Does it help America to help destroy support for our President? Or Russia?

  • Mackenzie Iwamoto Bronx, NY
    March 21, 2019 2:41 p.m.

    2 bits - Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2019 1:23 p.m.

    "Do you seriously think this investigation would be going on today if Hillary had won? I don't."

    Since you are taking us into the land of speculation, let's get real. If Hillary had been elected president, we probably would not have these investigations into Donald Trump's affairs and finances. He would have become irrelevant, although the alleged criminal activities of Trump may still have become of interest to DOJ, NY AG, and other law enforcement agencies. But the Robert Mueller special counsel appointment would not have happened.

    Have you already forgotten that all this comes out of the firing of James Comey after he refused to pledge loyalty to Trump and cease the investigation into Mike Flynn? If Trump had not been elected, there would not have been a Flynn appointment as national security adviser and the concern expressed by the acting AG that he was a security risk. Also, Comey would never have had a meeting with Trump. So no investigation with the Trump campaign as a focus.

    We would still have an investigation into Russian meddling since that was begun long before the election. But who knows where it would lead?

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    March 21, 2019 2:28 p.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    March 21, 2019 7:48 a.m.

    "The Mueller "investigation" was nothing more than a Democrat temper tantrum . . . "

    Good try, but no cigar. You do know who initiated the Mueller investigation, don't you? And you haven't forgotten why Roger Rosenstein brought in Robert Mueller, have you? All that aside, what would you say if you didn't have Fox News acting as Donald Trump's personal propaganda machine to cover for him? It appears that wingnut media is trying to do its best to deride the Mueller investigation, but the American people overwhelmingly support it unless you only listen to the likes of Sean Hannity.

    You do know that Fox is about to undergo some changes, right? We don't know exactly how, but the new leadership of the network is not too happy with being a stooge for Trump. Recent articles in the WaPo and Vanity Fair say that Lachlan Murdoch wants to develop the news side of the network and get away from the opinion people who are often mistaken by the viewers as news people.

    We'll just have to see how this plays out, but there will always be some placed where you can get your information the way you like it. The fringe never disappears. They hide.

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    March 21, 2019 2:13 p.m.

    A response to a reporter's question in the moment has little effect when you consider this man's history. A "yes" can easily morph into a "no" in almost an instant depending on his mood and the phase of the moon. The man of a thousand excuses can say one thing and then the opposite almost immediately as we've seen many times.

    However, the decision is up to the attorney general, who will review the Mueller report and determine what should be revealed to the public and what should be held confidential for "national security" purposes. Yes, Donald Trump can order the report to be released, but saying he has "no problem" is a long way from an order.

    This is just more messing with our heads. It's a game we have found Trump likes to play. He certainly won't release anything that is critical of himself. After the past years of attacking Mueller and his team, Trump would be remiss to release something with the careful documentation that Mueller has assembled getting into the public space. What would there be if incriminating evidence that only the most die-hard Trumpie would deny?

    Finally, as a certifiable liar, how can you believe anything Trump says? He just lies. That's how it is.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 21, 2019 1:41 p.m.

    Shouldn't Mueller, Democrats, Hollywood stars, and the media be punished for all the false misrepresentations of Trump? Defamation of character?

    Pathetic!

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 21, 2019 1:38 p.m.

    @Thid Barker - Victor, ID

    Its remarkable how things are so black and white for the people who cant comprehend once you its explained their like Ooooh I didnt know so let me slowly break it down for you,

    Say you need a take a loan of 3.5 million dollars you obviously are going to be taxed on that 3.5 million lets lets say 5.5%, or $192,000 but you also own a Casino and well someone comes in a buys 3.5 million on Casino chips and never uses the chips just leaves the casino and so you end up paying 1.8% instead of the 5.5%, or $63,000 in taxes for that 3.5 million.
    A difference of 129k would not call that tax fraud.

    Do not see how the IRS wouldn't be able to track something like on Trumps tax return

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2019 1:23 p.m.

    @ConservativeCommonTater 11:13
    You deny the Mueller investigation has anything to do with Hillary losing the election...
    ---
    Do you seriously think this investigation would be going on today if Hillary had won? I don't.

    But I bet a different investigation would be going on. It's the way we are now.

    ===

    The IRS does have all Trump's tax returns. And the FBI/Muller can request theses records (from the IRS) they need for the investigation.

    Trump doesn't have to release them. They can get them from the IRS. And I assure you, they have them. And they have reviewed them. But that doesn't mean they can expose them to the public. Every citizen's IRS records are private.

    You can expose them, but the IRS can't.

    Google "Disclosure Laws | Internal Revenue Service - IRS.gov"...
    ---
    "You are probably aware that the law protects your tax return information from disclosure to other parties by the Internal Revenue Service. IRC Section 6103 prohibits the release of tax information by an IRS employee"...

    Return information may be shared with law enforcement (with a warrant) or state agencies responsible for tax administration. But not to the media of the general public.

  • silo Sandy, UT
    March 21, 2019 12:59 p.m.

    @thid barker

    Here's conservativecommentator's comment:
    "The IRS only looks for fraud..."

    And here's your response:
    "The IRS doesn't look for tax fraud? Really? You have no idea what you are talking about!"

    Perhaps read more slowly and diligently before responding to something that was never claimed, then accusing that person of 'not knowing what they are talking about'.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 21, 2019 12:11 p.m.

    The IRS doesn't look for tax fraud? Really? You have no idea what you are talking about!

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID

    "The Mueller "investigation" was nothing more than a Democrat temper tantrum for losing the election.
    Imagine the massive hissy fit the left will have when President Trump is re-elected in 2020, partly because of "investigation" backlash!"

    Still beating the dead horse huh?

    Thid Barker
    "quackquack : The IRS has President Trump's tax returns and they are the only ones entitled to see ANY tax returns! What's the matter, don't trust the IRS?"

    The IRS only looks for fraud, they don't care about $million losses, who Trump got loans from, ie; Russia, Deutsche Bank, Saudi Arabia. Those might tell a lot about Trump that he doesn't want the public to see.

    2bits

    " haven't seen it yet. But I assume part of what's taking so long is the subjective decision of if there was criminal intent."

    Mueller didn't keep you in the loop???

    Daedalus, Stephen
    "It appears that even for a sympathetic crowd, the undeniable incomprehensibility of what Trump was stunning. Stunning, as in, immobilizing and paralyzing. The crowd seemed genuinely at a loss for what to say or do. Like they finally realized the gravity of the crisis America faces."

    The awakening of America???

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2019 11:08 a.m.

    @Lia
    RE: "The end is near for this sham of a presidency"...
    ---
    Rest assured whatever you and others do to this President... will be done (possibly by the other side) to the next President. And would have been done to Hillary Clinton if she had won the election.

    It's the way we are today. A divided nation. A nation intent on destroying the other side.

    That's not a good thing BTW. And it didn't start with Trump.

    Pres Obama got it (with Republicans saying they want to make him a one-term President, and promising to block his agenda).

    Pres Bush got it (with Democrats refusing to accept his first election because Florida was close, and promising he would be a one-term President, and vowing they would block anything he wanted and would fill his first term with investigations and attempts to remove him).

    Pres Clinton also (I don't have to outline the things partisans did to undermine the President then, they are very obvious).

    But everything the opposition/party-of-no did to each President, was only increased and used by the other party when the next President took office.

    Republicans are learning from what Democrats are doing today. And will do it to whoever's next.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    March 21, 2019 10:55 a.m.

    Nowhere in the words Trump actually said did he commit to ordering the DoJ to release the Mueller report to the public. It is just the typical incoherent Trump ramble. Later at his Ohio rally, Trump continued with the meaningless gibberish.

    Trump spent 4-5 minutes explaining why he did not like McCain. The same crowd that had briefly grunted and stomped he used the phrase "Crooked Hillary" went completely silent as they tried to make sense of Trump's McCain tangent.

    Trump was not ranting. Nor was he not tossing out tired old applause lines or his typical middle-school taunts. Trump's incoherence could not be chalked up to his usual overheated demagoguery. So there were no cues for the audience to mindlessly respond as they normally might. Trump really appeared earnest, as if he fully expected the listening audience would be able to follow his reasoning and be persuaded of something.

    It appears that even for a sympathetic crowd, the undeniable incomprehensibility of what Trump was stunning. Stunning, as in, immobilizing and paralyzing. The crowd seemed genuinely at a loss for what to say or do. Like they finally realized the gravity of the crisis America faces.

  • Lia , 00
    March 21, 2019 10:48 a.m.

    the feeble house of cards that is trump life is starting to fall.
    The end is near for this sham of a presidency.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 21, 2019 10:44 a.m.

    'ridiculous' or not... we should see it. At least the parts that don't compromise National Security.

    That's part of having an Open "Government by the people"... we have to see what the government is doing. Good or bad.

    We also need enough info to put it all into context. And to be able to see the agendas of some of the people involved in the investigation. You can't help having a bias. It's not possible to not have any bias at all. We all gain biases as we go through life. It's part of human nature.

    I haven't seen it yet. But I assume part of what's taking so long is the subjective decision of if there was criminal intent. Same as in the Clinton investigation... they decided laws were broken, but they couldn't prove criminal intent, just sloppy and "extremely careless" handling of emails containing classified intel.

    The FBI was under a lot of pressure back then and now. If they found criminal intent... they could be setting the stage for impeachment of the presumed next President before she even took office (that looks real bad).

    They are under similar pressure now. But we need to see it. Eventually.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2019 10:22 a.m.

    The Donald is replacing Hillary with McCain. The absurd shifting of the blame attempt is not so much a desperate act as unbalanced. The late Senator and Kelly Anne's husband are the major executive issues, other than golf.

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 21, 2019 9:36 a.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    March 21, 2019 9:08 a.m.

    Marxist: What is he hiding? Well, according to the IRS, nothing!

    I dont think you understand its obvious the IRS has his taxes their the IRS but there a process of releasing tax to the public to show the public theirs been no shady deals like tax shelters, loop holes ect ect. The allegation Mueller brought up shows income and tax paid so If Trump did some shady deals and paid little to no tax, the income not reported income toavoid paying tax and list goes on on

    It their job, not the Democrats, to see if he is hiding anything! Innocent until proven guilty in America, remember? Well that's true unless your name is Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas or any other person

    right so when the Right accuse Obama for not being a CItizen were was the Innocent until proven guilty defen then ?

    Heres the thing I love about Trump is all the rhetoric you used against Obama can be applied to Trump 10X over again ...

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 21, 2019 9:19 a.m.

    I wonder just how stupid some people think we are. Especially when they say something of this nature: "The Mueller 'investigation' was nothing more than a Democrat temper tantrum for losing the election".

    Mueller is a Republican. Mueller is supervised by a Trump appointed Republican. This gentlman, in turn has answered to 3 different Republican Attorney's General and/or Acting Attorney General. The President calls himself a Republican, and he appointed the key positions in the Justice Department to which Mr Mueller must answer.

    Now, I know that it is a favorite talking point of the Trump collective to scream Democrat about the investigation. And, indeed, there are Democrats, long serving Justice Department Civil Service employees, who are party to some of this investigation. And there are undoubtedly trusted Republicans that Mueller has on his team as well. And some we know not of.

    However, we are not all so foolish as to believe that the Republican party would sanction a "witch hunt" (isn't that Trump's favorite descriptor) of their elected President. Actually, Democrats ought to be up-in-arms that Mr Mueller and his supervisors might try to whitewash the whole thing.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2019 9:17 a.m.

    @Thid "What is he hiding? Well, according to the IRS, nothing!"

    There's clearly some stuff Trump doesn't want the public, like you and me, to know. What is it? Every other presidential candidate the last 40 years has had no problem showing their returns. What doesn't Trump want us to know?

  • one old man MSC, UT
    March 21, 2019 9:10 a.m.

    "Since he will have no say over whether the report is made public in full or not, he he has nothing at risk in calling for it to be released."

    We can't be sure of that. Just wait.

    Soon we will be hearing that it can't be released because of "issues with national security."

    Or "executive privilege."

    Or because "Mueller was dishonest."

    Or "all of them were lying."

    Or "it was really crooked Hillary."

    Or "it was lying Ted Cruz"

    Or "it was a witch-hunt."

    Or "the FBI is crooked."

    Or "the Iranians were behind it."

    Or "Gary Cohen did or didn't do it?"

    Or "They were all out to get me from the beginning."

    Or "I had the biggest and best crowd at my inaugural."

    Or "Look at what the economy is doing."

    Or "but I'm the bestest president there ever was."

    Or "the media has been lying all this time."

    Or "they were all colluding against ME"

    Or (. fill in the blank with any other excuse you can think of )

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 21, 2019 9:08 a.m.

    Marxist: What is he hiding? Well, according to the IRS, nothing! It their job, not the Democrats, to see if he is hiding anything! Innocent until proven guilty in America, remember? Well that's true unless your name is Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas or any other person Democrats don't like. They are all about guilt by accusation, no proof needed!

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    March 21, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    Does this guy even have a job?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2019 8:52 a.m.

    @Thid "The IRS has President Trump's tax returns and they are the only ones entitled to see ANY tax returns! "

    So for the umpteenth time, we ask "what's he hiding?"

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 21, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    "Let it come out, let people see it," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Wednesday for a trip to Ohio. "Let's see whether or not it's legit."
    ____________________
    Trump will waste no time in letting us know whether it's legit or fake. Since he will have no say over whether the report is made public in full or not, he he has nothing at risk in calling for it to be released.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 21, 2019 8:38 a.m.

    Yeah, suuure he's for it. Until he's not. Just like releasing his taxes and wanting to "sit down with Mueller and his investigators". Then, he, and his lawyers did everything possible to avoid sitting down with Mueller. Trump knows that 93% of Americans, including 88% of Republicans, want to see the report. But, now, Trump and his lawyers will work to quash the report being seen by anyone. Trump goes to great lengths to keep his grades and transcripts from being made public. He's really going to pull out all the stops to keep this hushed up.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    March 21, 2019 8:34 a.m.

    This is what he says today.

    What will he say tomorrow?

    This is just one more in a long, long, long list of trump lies and diversions.

    "I'll release my tax returns after the election."

    "Mexico will pay for the wall."

    "I was a top student."

    "I'm a stable genius."

    "There was no collusion."

    The list is endless . . . . .

    And absolutely nauseating.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 21, 2019 8:22 a.m.

    quackquack : The IRS has President Trump's tax returns and they are the only ones entitled to see ANY tax returns! What's the matter, don't trust the IRS?

  • quackquack Park City, UT
    March 21, 2019 7:51 a.m.

    " public should see 'ridiculous' Mueller report" Yes but then the Public should see your tax returns like ALL other president before you.

    Still can believe people elected a president who wont show their tax returns,

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    March 21, 2019 7:48 a.m.

    The Mueller "investigation" was nothing more than a Democrat temper tantrum for losing the election, a failed attempt to overturn an election, a demonstration of Democrat hypocrisy and corruption! Imagine the massive hissy fit the left will have when President Trump is re-elected in 2020, partly because of "investigation" backlash! Brace yourselves America, the Democrats are really, really angry because YOU don't believe them anymore!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    March 21, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    If the yet unwritten and unreleased Mueller report is so "ridiculous", why is Trump obsessing about it? Let's look at it and then make our judgments. There is no need to attack McCain for giving it to the FBI (that was exactly the right thing to do), nor attack Mueller for doing his job (in a very professional manner), nor attack any other messenger or other public servant. If Trump and his team did nothing wrong, they should not fear. But if they did, it is owed to the country that there are consequences.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 21, 2019 7:22 a.m.

    What is "ridiculous" is Trump, a lifetime believer in non-disclosure agreements who believes he can freely operate outside of the law, believes he will somehow attract more followers in 2020.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    March 21, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    Well into the third year of his presidency, Trump seemed to be running out of steam. He probably never really cared about actually solving any problems or saving any jobs, but he put a good bit of time into making it seem like he did. It doesn't take a lot of insight to tell that his heart was never in it though. This week, however, we got to see old-school Trump, Trump when he's at his happiest and doing what he love more than anything in the world: twitter'ing.