Donald Trump claimed in a Sunday interview that he’ll leave it up to his attorney general to decide whether to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. That isn’t much comfort, since everything in Trump’s record points to him leaning on the attorney general to do what he wants, and when Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan asked Trump about the Mueller investigation, he became agitated, referring to the investigation as a “witch hunt” four times, dismissing the fact that 34 people have been charged with “many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me,” trying to change the subject to Hillary Clinton, and saying that Roger Stone “wasn’t on my campaign except way at the beginning.”
Asked whether he’d be comfortable having Mueller’s report released, Trump said “I don’t know.” Because “It depends. I have no idea what it’s going to say.” In other words, he’s waiting to find out how damning it is.
In the same interview, Trump bragged about his pen pal relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, saying “We have had tremendous correspondence that some people have seen and can’t even believe it”; lied about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell having tried to recruit Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for the Senate; and, of course, harped on his border wall dreams. Always with the border wall and the fearmongering about “an invasion of our country by human traffickers.” Though, notably, Trump didn’t repeat his own personal fantasies about women with tape on their mouths.
Trump refused to rule out another government shutdown, calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who so notably drank his milkshake in the last shutdown, “very rigid.” He followed that up with the laughable claim that “she can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue.” That’s … not what the American public thinks.
In other words, water is wet and Trump is still dug in on his unpopular positions and lying shamelessly to defend them.