The Mueller report reveals that Trump thought the Mueller investigation was 'the end of [his] presidency.'
Trump has long declared his innocence in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, claiming there was "no collusion" over and over and over again throughout the nearly two-year-long probe.
But on May 17, 2017, the day Mueller was appointed special counsel, Trump was convinced this probe would bring him down.
"Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I'm fucked," Trump told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to the Mueller report.
Infuriated, Trump began to turn on Sessions that day, accusing Sessions of not protecting him.
"How could you let this happen, Jeff?" Trump told Sessions, according to the report.
"You were supposed to protect me," Trump added.
Sessions agreed to resign that day, and even penned a resignation letter, which he finalized the next day, according to Mueller's report.
"Pursuant to our conversation of yesterday, and at your request, I hereby offer my resignation," Sessions wrote.
Trump seemed to accept Sessions' resignation, keeping the letter that Sessions handed him.
However former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former senior aide Steve Bannon "became concerned that it could be used to influence the Department of Justice" and tried to get the letter back from Trump.
But it took until May 30 for Trump to give the letter back to Sessions and tell him he was not accepting his resignation.
Hope Hicks, Trump's former communications director, told Mueller's investigators that she "had only seen the President like that one other time, when the Access Hollywood tape came out during the campaign," according to the report.
The rehashing of Trump's reaction to Mueller's appointment is only one damning story to come from the nearly 500-page report — which lays out multiple instances of possible obstruction of justice.
The report, ultimately, is not the "total exoneration" Trump claimed it to be.
No wonder he was freaking out so much.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.