In Call to Hannity, Trump Deems Russia Investigation an Attempted "Coup"

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During a phone conversation with Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Trump also commented on former Vice President Joe Biden confirming his 2020 presidential campaign: "He's not the brightest light bulb in the group."

Amid the results of the redacted Mueller report being released, President Donald Trump wasted no time in blasting the investigation as a "coup" and an "attempted overthrow of the United States government" during his first interview since the report's release with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday night. 

Frustrated over the controversy surrounding the investigation, Trump said the "coup" marked something "bigger than Watergate." "This was a coup. This wasn’t stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments, this was an attempted coup, like in a Third World country. Inconceivable," he told Hannity over the phone, as he placed blame on both Hillary Clinton and the FBI for the accusations. 

"I think a lot of information is coming out and it’s coming out fast, much faster than anybody would’ve thought. There’s a lot of people very nervous about things going on," he added. 

Trump also said that, if anything, the focus should now be on what prompted the investigation to start in the first place: "We found everything going in the opposite direction and now the tables have turned. You’re seeing things come out. It’s going to be very interesting. It’s very important for the country to now find out how this whole thing started."

Aware of the extremities of the investigation, the president explained that he believes the investigation is a "disgraceful thing" and marks "possibly the biggest scandal in political history." 

Apart from the report, Trump also briefly commented on former Vice President Joe Biden officially launching his 2020 presidential campaign

"I've known Joe over the years ... he's not the brightest light bulb in the group," Trump quipped, also describing Biden as someone who doesn't have "enough stamina." 

"He’s a pretty sleepy guy," the president responded when Hannity asked him to describe the new candidate. "He’s not going to be able to deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping … he’s not going to be able to do the job."