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The Mueller report shows Trump tried to run a country like a business

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“Oh my God. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f***ked,” Donald Trump said when he learned about the appointment of a special counsel, we found out after the release of the Mueller report today. Considering this, it’s incredible how the president and his fellow Republicans managed to turn the narrative around after William Barr’s initial statement.

After the release of the minimally redacted report today, it will be more difficult for triumphant crows to echo round Congress (not that the Trump-backing members of the Republican Party won’t try.) But because of its nuance – something which we should always have expected from the tight-lipped, leak-proof, anti-sensationalist Robert Mueller – it will be equally difficult for Democrats to use this report as fodder for impeachment or meaningful sanction.

The devil is in the detail, of course. On 11 April 2017, for instance, Trump made a comment during a Fox Business Network interview about James Comey, who was at that point still the FBI director. “No, it’s not too late [for me to ask Comey to step down] but I have confidence in him. We’ll see what happens,” the president said, something which prompted his then-communications adviser Hope Hicks to suggest the comment should be removed from the interview. Trump asked for it to stay in, which Hicks thought was “strange”.

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All of this is interesting in itself, but perhaps the most interesting part is that the president and his comms team were........

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