Donald Trump tweeted a defense of his actions laid out in the Mueller report while watching Fox News’ The Five Thursday afternoon.
Robert Mueller‘s final report includes a list of 10 episodes concerning the question of obstruction, including when POTUS told Don McGahn to fire Mueller but McGahn refused.
On The Five, Jesse Watters said, “Donald Trump did not obstruct justice. If anything, he obstructed injustice. He was being framed. He fought back. He beat the rap and now the Democrats don’t like the way he beat the rap. If you look at what happened today, the cover-up myth was totally exposed. There’s been no obstruction.”
Trump quoted Watters and said he could have “fired everyone, including Mueller,” but he didn’t.
“Donald Trump was being framed, he fought back. That is not Obstruction.” @JesseBWatters  I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2019 
Trump’s tweet came as he traveled aboard Air Force One to Palm Beach, Fla., where he will spend the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
A redacted version of Mueller’s full report was released Thursday morning. In it, the special counsel detailed 10 areas where investigators looked at whether Trump may have obstructed justice.
Mueller looked into, among other topics, Trump’s efforts to remove the special counsel, his conduct surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and his encouragement of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take control of the investigation.
The special counsel ultimately did not exonerate or implicate Trump on obstruction charges.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment,” the report states.