Apr 26, 2018, 1:41 PM ET

Trump launches new attack on his Justice Department


President Donald Trump lambasted his Justice Department Thursday in an interview on Fox News, expressing frustration at the ongoing special counsel probe and suggesting that he may intervene in his Justice Department at some point.

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“They have a witch hunt against the President of the United States going on, I have taken the position, and I don't have to take this position and maybe I'll change, that I will not be involved with the Justice Department,” the president said during an interview with Fox and Friends.

Saying he was "very disappointed in my Justice Department," Trump left the door open to changing his mind.

“I have decided I won't be involved. I may change my mind at some point because what is going on is a disgrace. It is an absolute disgrace,” Trump said. “And by the way, the only collusion is with Democrats and Russians.”

It was unclear what Trump meant by getting "involved" and whether that included intervening somehow in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

“Our Justice Department, which I try and stay away from, but at some point, I won't,” the president later added, arguing that there are a number of matters involving Democrats that are worthy of further inquiry.

When asked why he didn't just sit down with Mueller, he suggested that the special counsel's team is too heavily Democratic and may already be biased against him.

"I can, but the problem, it is such, if you take a look they're so conflicted. The people that are doing the investigation, you have 13 people that are Democrats," Trump said.

Even as he blasted corruption at the FBI, something he traced specifically to the former leadership of James Comey, the president said he holds the nation’s law enforcement agents in high regard.

“By the way, you take a poll at the FBI. I love the FBI. The FBI loves me but the top people in the FBI, headed by Comey were crooked,” Trump said.

The president, asked to rate his job performance, gave himself an A+ and touted what he said are record accomplishments for a president in his first year of office despite having a "cloud over my head" with the ongoing Russia probe. He specifically lauded success in messaging the probe as "a fix" and a "witch hunt."

"We have a phony deal going on and it is a cloud over my head, and I've been able to escape that cloud, because the message now, everyone knows it's a fix, okay? It's a witch-hunt. And they know that, and I've been able to message it," Trump said. "I'd give myself an A+."

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  • b rubble

    Trump - The House Intelligence has cleared me and as such since they un did this witch hunt and cleared me, I will rename the House if Intelligence as the House of Unintelligence.

  • Thomas

    Trump sure sounds nervous.

  • Hoosier Native

    A+? How about an F-?

  • JuPMod

    If Trump does intervene, he will be crossing the line into trying to create a totalitarian state where he, as POTUS, makes the final decisions. Such talk shows he is a danger to the USA.

  • Joe Menn

    He still doesn't understand that intervening in the Justice Department during an investigation into him, members of his administration and his campaign is the definition of Obstruction of Justice. There needs to be clear legislation that the DoJ is utterly independent during any investigation into the executive branch. No more of this hoping that the Senate Majority Leader, in this case Mitch McConnell, will allow a vote on a bill to protect the special counsel.

  • AlexaGuyer

    Trump gives himself an A+? This guy is totally off the rails. HIS Department of Justice? When is the majority GOP going to grow a pair and get rid of this clown?

  • SarcasTex

    Even Nixon wasn't that unhinged as the walls came down around him. Trump has gone bonkers.

  • Armed and Psychotic Loner

    Disappointed? I would imagine Trump should be most pleased with his Justice Dept.'s diligent efforts to clear his good name. Are they not digging deep and hard enough for all the evidence proving his innocence?

  • brickmette

    Donald Trump should fire Sessions, Rosenstein (sic?), Mueller, Cohen, Giuliani, DeVos, Carson, Pruitt, Conway, Sanders, Millennia, and J. Edgar Hoover, too. Then he'll feel secure.

  • AlexaGuyer

    Well, you know what, Chubbs, we are very disappointed in you.

  • Debra

    Wow, Trump sounds absolutely unhinged on the audiotape of his call. Breathless and practically incoherent at times. Wonder if steam was coming out of his ears, like in the old cartoons? His doctor friend better warn him about his BP and strokes....

  • Youarekiddin'

    Trump is as deranged as Dr. Strangelove. Sorry we can't bring back Peter Sellers.

  • arriba65

    You can't be involved with the Justice Department, you authoritarian wannabe.

  • unusual

    His Justice Department? The American public is "very disappointed" in Donald Trump and we have decided that we will definitely be involved in removing him from office.

  • notagain

    “Our Justice Department, which I try and stay away from, but at some point, I won't,”
    Blatant obstruction of justice if he interferes. America....please.... this is not a dictatorship. smh

  • JC

    Forget the rule of law, it's the rule of Donnie.

    Like a spoiled child, he thinks he can do whatever and whenever he wants.

  • Jenn Borden

    May intervene in "his" Justice Department??
    This psycho really does believe he is our Supreme Leader.

  • mollydtt

    Donald is unhappy with “his” justice department and will...(?) whatever?
    Kim Jong Un, on the other hand, Trump thinks “is extremely honorable”.
    GOP, this Trump’s on you.

  • Lee Thompson

    The majority of this country and the world is disappointed in you, Donald.

  • Luke Sulla

    Easter was almost a month ago. Isn't it time he crawl down from his cross by now?

  • Jack25

    Did anyone really believe Trump would be interviewed by Mueller? He would be a fool to do so, he could never keep his lies straight. It was just another lie he told to the Chumps.

  • RJ Morris

    “ I have taken the position, and I don't have to take this position and maybe I'll change”. Of course he will, again and again. He’s the flip-flop king. His flip-flop index is already at 1876 or more.

  • Fermer Votre Bouche

    Trump an absolute disgrace. Intervening would be blatant obstruction of justice. but he obviously has no problem with that.

  • Colinalcarz

    I’ve re-read this transcript a few times now. I can’t follow what he is actually saying or not saying...depending...oh and by the way...what might happen...and who loves whom. Guess I’ll have to wait for Sanders to tell us all what she will feel should have been obvious.

  • thinkmore

    CONGRESS: ARE YOU LISTENING TO TRUMP? He is mentally unhinged. Do something about it!

  • Hemp4Profit

    No one is defending Trump today. Hmm. Trump supporters? You okay with his latest tirade?

  • DistanceMatters

    Pathetic liar.

  • Prophet With Honor


  • John Michael Davis

    I'm still not sure what he's achieved while occupying the WH. I guess the tax cuts, which are actually not a good thing. What exactly has he accomplished?

  • janie

    An A+? LOL! No Trump, you're a complete FAIL. SAD.

  • hopesprings52

    Talking with people the only question I'm hearing is what is taking so long for Mueller to get this Con Man out of there. The country has already suffered far too much under this national nightmare.

  • Gargos

    But, you know, McConnell has not seen any sign we need protections for Mueller.

  • Rubber Banned

    The only good part of him being crazy and stupid is that he won't realize he's sealing his own doom when he fires Mueller and Rosenstein.

  • Dave12

    Trump's rant on Fox this morning combined with his paranoid view of the Justice department truly seem to be a look at an unhinged man. When the person presiding over the disaster that is this administration gives himself an A+, we are in real trouble. He cannot fix things if he will not face his failures. This is weakening our standing in the world every day. in a normal administration there might be talk of the 25th amendment, but as Trump surrounded himself with mostly corrupt people, he appears to be safe from that.

  • FlorMedDoc

    My god this Trump guy is delusional.

  • Clayton Delaney

    trump is becoming more unhinged every day.

  • MAGreenA

    Guiliani and Trump- I wonder how long that bromance will last. Trump is afraid of the truth. Even his wife says he is power hungry.