After a relatively muted response to Mueller’s statement on Wednesday — Trump at one point tweeted that there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute him — Trump unleashed a lengthy diatribe against Mueller on Twitter and at the White House, calling the special counsel conflicted and disputing US intelligence findings that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election to aid Trump’s candidacy.
“No, Russia did not help me get elected,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected. Russia didn’t help me at all. Russia, if anything, I think, helped the other side.”
At one point Thursday morning, Trump acknowledged on Twitter Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election to aid his campaign before walking back the statement to reporters.
Trump has frequently denied that Russia interfered in the election to help him, a position that stands at odds with the US intelligence community’s assessment of Russia’s actions in 2016.
The US intelligence community has said the Russians did not change vote totals. It is not possible to assess the impact of their efforts on voters’ opinions and behaviors.