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Trump’s Obsession With Self-Preservation Laid Bare by Mueller Report

  • President interfered in probe, directed officials to lie
  • Impeachment threat recedes as Democrats turn to public
Donald Trump on April 18.

Donald Trump on April 18.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America

Donald Trump was obsessed with an investigation he believed could ruin him, eager to test the limits of the law to squelch it and willing to mislead the nation to cover his actions.

That was the portrait of the president that emerged from Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday. The special counsel documented attempts to conceal Trump’s behavior and suppress the probe. And he showed that Trump’s actions and words left some top administration officials and White House attorneys deeply alarmed, adding to drama and deception in the West Wing.