by Axios | 3.26.19
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Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was with President Trump in Palm Beach this weekend as the president awaited news of Robert Mueller's findings, tells Axios that it was like "waiting on a jury."
What happened: "He was amazingly calm," Graham recalled. "I think it's literally driving people crazy that he's got a little discipline. I told him: If you really want to screw over your enemies, just be quiet for a while and be happy."
Graham said that after learning that Attorney General William Barr's letter was exculpatory on Russia, Trump was "just frustrated, like: 'They turned my life upside down, they've ruined the lives of a lot of people around me, for nothing.'"
Officials at the White House and Trump's reelection campaign said they feel a sense of overwhelming relief.
For Trump himself, it was more complicated:
A source who was with Trump at Mar-a-Lago tells Axios' Alayna Treene that Trump "was initially frustrated with Barr" over the line saying the president hadn't been exonerated on obstruction of justice.
Over the weekend, Graham socialized with Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, and played golf with the president on Sunday. Graham said he told Trump several times after the Barr letter was released:
Graham said Trump is "upset about what happened to a lot of people in his family, and friends."
Graham said there's one person Trump has mentioned most as someone he feels badly about having been dragged into the investigation.
A second source, who was with Trump over the weekend in Palm Beach, said Trump mentioned "a couple of times, Paul Manafort's situation and how he was treated very unfairly. He said the guy was prosecuted because he worked for me."
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