The special counsel’s report may be groaning with redactions, but there’s one thing the Justice Department didn’t blot out — profanity.
That’s right, we’re talking f-bombs, bastards and your garden-variety bullshit.
Prudery still reigns over broadcast television, but it didn’t guide the attorney general and his team. As they censored their way through 448 pages, they let the cuss words stand.
It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has a potty mouth, even if he gets indignant when others curse. (“I think she dishonored her family using language like that,” he complained earlier this year after freshman Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib vowed to “impeach the motherf—er.”)
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So we probably could have seen this coming. “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f—ed,” the president reportedly said when he learned that a special counsel would be investigating the 2016 election.
That’s according to notes handed over to Mueller’s team by Jody Hunt, who served as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff — except Hunt spelled out the naughty word in all its glory.
The swears didn’t stop there. Months later, amid media accounts that he’d directed White House Counsel Don McGahn to get rid of Mueller, Trump called the story “bullshit.” He also called McGahn a “lying bastard.” Those tidbits come courtesy of former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who spoke to the special counsel’s team after he left the West Wing last year.
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