WASHINGTON — The day after the special counsel delivered his report to the Justice Department, President Trump was ecstatic. He claimed vindication. When he walked into the dining room of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to someone there, guests rose to their feet to give him a standing ovation.
A month later, the president’s view of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has grown darker. While Mr. Trump once welcomed it as “total exoneration,” he has spent the last few days assailing it as a “total ‘hit job’” produced by “true Trump Haters, including highly conflicted Bob Mueller himself.”
“Now we’re finished with it, and I thought after two years we’d be finished with it,” he told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday after a morning of tweeting about Mr. Mueller’s report. Declaring that “it’s enough,” he vowed again to resist all subpoenas by House Democrats seeking to investigate further.
His bitterness rarely seems far from the surface. When Mr. Trump showed up in Atlanta later in the day to deliver a speech on opioid abuse, he diverted from the script at a line about stopping the drug industry from “rigging the system.” He grew animated. “I know all about the rigging the system because I had the system rigged on me,” he said. “I think you know what I’m talking about.”
In Mr. Trump’s world, there is a fine line between victor and victim. The president often veers back and forth, eager to be seen by others as the former even as he sees himself as the latter. To Mr. Trump, winning is always the goal, whether it be in business, politics, policy or even investigations, but even when he is on top, he lapses into anger and resentment, convinced that he has been unfairly treated and determined to strike back.
As a result, Mr. Trump’s message about Mr. Mueller’s findings has turned increasingly incongruous: When the report says investigators established no conspiracy between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia in 2016 and makes no allegation of obstruction of justice by the president, it is right on the money. When it offers unflattering descriptions of the president’s actions and refuses to exonerate him on obstruction, the report is dead wrong.
“He accepts the ultimate conclusion, in which there is no evidence of criminality or evidence sufficient to draw a conclusion,” Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of the president’s lawyers, said in an interview.
“However, we don’t accept — he doesn’t, I don’t, Jay doesn’t — a lot of the factual statements made, inferences, questionable material that’s put out there,” he added, referring to Jay Sekulow, another lawyer for Mr. Trump. “We don’t accept that’s by any means all true and we certainly don’t accept that it’s correctly interpreted. That’s what he’s objecting to.”
To be sure, the president’s Democratic critics have likewise chosen to interpret the report to suit their interests, focusing on its depiction of a president willing to profit politically off Russian assistance during the election and intent on thwarting the investigation that followed. Even though Mr. Mueller made no allegations of criminality, some Democrats found enough disturbing detail in the report to advocate impeachment hearings.
That has clearly unsettled Mr. Trump, who while saying he is not the least bit concerned about impeachment has been aggressively pushing back against the prospect in recent days. To the extent that he anticipated that Mr. Mueller’s report would clear him, he has expressed frustration that it is still being used against him.
When the report came out, much of the focus was not on the conclusions, which were by then four weeks old, but on the voluminous details made public for the first time. While Mr. Mueller found no criminal conspiracy with Russia, his report made clear that Mr. Trump and his team shared the interests of Moscow’s agents in trying to bring down Mrs. Clinton. And Mr. Mueller outlined nearly a dozen episodes that he said could be considered obstruction of justice even though he rendered no judgment himself.
Mr. Trump was unsure how to take the report. In just a half-hour on Monday, he offered two strikingly different perspectives, one promoting the report and the next attacking its authors.
“‘A very exculpatory section of the Mueller Report: NO CONSPIRACY, COORDINATION or COLLUSION with the Trump Campaign and the Russians. You can’t be more clear than that!’” he wrote on Twitter, quoting Gregg Jarrett, a Fox News analyst and author of “The Russia Hoax.”
Then, 27 minutes later, Mr. Trump wrote: “Isn’t it amazing that the people who were closest to me, by far, and knew the Campaign better than anyone, were never even called to testify before Mueller. The reason is that the 18 Angry Democrats knew they would all say ‘NO COLLUSION’ and only very good things!”
By Wednesday morning, he was trying to marry those two thoughts into a single message — both embracing the report and trashing it. “The Mueller Report, despite being written by Angry Democrats and Trump Haters, and with unlimited money behind it (,000,000), didn’t lay a glove on me,” he wrote. “I DID NOTHING WRONG.”
In subsequent tweets, he tried again to claim victory amid his victimhood, casting the investigation as a contest in which he prevailed. In terms rarely used regarding a criminal investigation, he asserted that “We waited for Mueller and WON” and denounced “the Witch Hunt, which I have already won.”
Mr. Trump has also switched assessments of Mr. Mueller himself. After Mr. Barr’s letter came out, when the president felt buoyant about the investigation’s conclusions, he said the special counsel had acted honorably. By this week, he was retweeting a year-old post by a Republican congressman saying that Mr. Mueller’s “disreputable, twisted history speaks to the character of the man placed in a position to attempt to legalize a coup against a lawfully-elected President.”
Mr. Mueller has done nothing to change in between. What changed was the assessment of the special counsel’s findings, which became more threatening to the president.
Friends said Mr. Trump was responding to that shifting conversation. “They’re really hitting him hard on the shows,” Mr. Ruddy said. “I would see his comments as a reaction. He likes to respond. He doesn’t like to take anything sitting down.”
And so he is standing up to the report he once welcomed.B:
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