In fact, Trump has told his inner circle that, if the report is underwhelming he will use Twitter and interviews to gloat over the findings, complain about the probe's cost and depict the entire investigation as an attempt to obstruct his agenda, according to advisers and confidants. "Man gets appointed by a deputy and he writes a report", the president said outside the White House as he was embarking on a trip to OH to visit a tank factory and attend a fundraiser.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Speaking to the media ahead of a trip to OH, the president continued to lambast the investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 election - calling it "ridiculous" - but said he wants to see its findings nonetheless.
In anticipation, Trump intensified his long-running campaign to question the legitimacy of Mueller, who is widely respected, and to undermine confidence in the report itself. We'll see what happens.
Trump went on to denounce the very existence of the Mueller report as "ridiculous".
The poll, conducted by USA TODAY/Suffolk University, asked 1,000 registered voters about their views on the Mueller investigation as the special counsel is expected to soon deliver his final report to Attorney General Bill Barr.
But the new poll said support for releasing the report is very high: 62 percent consider its release "very important" while another 21 percent judge it "somewhat important".
"And now somebody just writes a report", Trump said.
First, the phrase "Mueller report" confuses this particular discussion. They have their report, they had the guy they wanted writing it, and he had the full power of the federal government behind him and they still didn't get the president.
"It now has hundreds of millions of records in voter history, consumer data, and when we put polling data in that machine and we say this is what's happening, it can spit out models saying these are the people you need to talk to, and these are the messages you should talk to them about", he explained to CNN's Dana Bash.
Trump's full response to reporters before boarding Marine One for OH was contradictory at times, with the president saying the public deserves to see the report while adding that it was up to Barr. "So you know, I-so what it is-now, let's see whether or not it's legit". There was no nothing. "I think it's ridiculous". I don't-I don't think people get it. "It's called a Mueller report", Trump said.