Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report - released Thursday - details at times a chaotic Trump White House - revealing moments of desperation, insubordination and misleading messaging.
In May 2017, when Trump learned that former FBI director Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russia's role in the 2016 election, he thought it was over.
Mueller wrote, "the President slumped back in his chair and said, 'Oh my God.
This is terrible.
This is the end of my Presidency.
I'm fucked.'" And as time went on, Trump - exploring his options - tried to get Mueller fired.
He approached then-White House counsel Don McGahn, calling him twice on June 17, 2017.
Mcgahn recalled the President telling him 'Mueller has to go' and 'Call me back when you do it." McGahn did not carry out the order and Trump never followed up.
The special counsel's report also revealed Press Secretary Sarah Sanders repeatedly misled the media about the firing of FBI director James Comey... when she said that low morale at the bureau had lead to the president's decision.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH SANDERS, PRESS SECRETARY, SAYING: "And most importantly, the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director." And she repeated her assertion the next day.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH SANDERS, PRESS SECRETARY, SAYING: "I've heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president's decision." SOUNDBITE REPORTER FOLLOWING UP SAYING: "You personally have talked to countless FBI officials since this happened, I mean, really?
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH SANDERS, PRESS SECRETARY, SAYING: "Between like email, text messages, absolutely." But according to Mueller's report, "the evidence does not support those claims " and "Sanders acknowledged to investigators that her comments were not founded on