President Donald Trump claimed last Thursday that his faith in God helped him survive special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“People say, ‘How do you get through that whole stuff? How do you go through those witch hunts and everything else?” Trump stated at the White House during a National Day of Prayer service.

“We just do it, right?” Trump added “And we think about God.”

This remark preceded Trump’s attempt via Twitter to stop Mueller from testifying before Congress. Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans have opposed each other regarding the fallout from Mueller’s report. The former are pushing to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Democrats have repeatedly blasted Barr for what they view as his efforts to spin Mueller’s 448-page report in Trump’s favor. The special counsel himself also reprimanded the attorney general for misrepresenting his findings in the Russia probe, which found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign team and the Kremlin.


Trump’s most recent comment appears to be a way for him to further appeal to evangelical Christian voters, who have been among his most loyal supporters thus far. Since taking office, Trump and his administration have moved to implement policies backed by evangelicals like limiting access to abortion and setting up a Justice Department-led task force to ensure religious freedom.

Last week, Trump also denounced “evil and hate-filled attacks” on religious communities across the globe in recent months and invited victims of a shooting at a San Diego-area synagogue to talk at the prayer service.

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