Trump Embraces ‘Coup’ Talk: Mueller Probe Was ‘Attempted Overthrow’ Of US Gov’t

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: U.S. President Donald Trump greets children on the south lawn of the White House April 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump first delivered remarks to the children who accompanied their parent... WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: U.S. President Donald Trump greets children on the south lawn of the White House April 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump first delivered remarks to the children who accompanied their parents to the White House as the U.S. celebrated "Bring Your Son and Daughter to Work Day". (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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April 26, 2019 7:59 a.m.

During his first interview since the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released last week, President Trump happily ripped a page from his son’s “coup” book.

While discussing the origins of the Mueller probe — which he and fellow Republicans have demanded an investigation into — with his best friend and Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump called the investigation a “coup” and the “greatest political scandal” in history, even greater than Watergate.

“This was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government,” he said. “The greatest political scandal in the history of our country. Again, bigger than Watergate. Because it means so much this was a coup. This wasn’t stealing information from an office in the Watergate apartments. This was an attempted coup.”

His son, Donald Trump Jr., characterized the probe similarly in an op-ed in Breitbart earlier this week, saying that Democrats knew all along that there was apparently no evidence of collusion and just wanted an excuse to get rid of Trump.

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