• Paul Steinhauser

Weld says Mueller report doesn’t turn his sights off Trump

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (left) meets with former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in the governor’s office Tuesday. Weld, a Republican, is considering a challenge of President Donald Trump in the 2020 race for the White House. Courtesy of Jennifer Horn

The initial findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation report could make the uphill climb of primary challenging Republican President Donald Trump even steeper.

But former two-term Massachusetts governor Bill Weld argued that much-anticipated news of the report won’t impede his likely primary challenge against Trump.

“I wasn’t really counting on the president getting caught in the soup for having said ‘I hope the Russians find more emails’ during the heat of the campaign,” Weld said. “That never grabbed me as an indictable or impeachable offense frankly.”

Weld quickly answered “no” when asked if the news makes his long-shot bid even longer.

On Tuesday, Weld met at the State House with the top Republican in the Granite State, two-term Gov. Chris Sununu.

While he’s a strong supporter of Trump and has close ties to Vice President Mike Pence, Sununu’s a firm believer that New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary remains a level playing field for incumbents and challengers alike.

During his discussion with Sununu, Weld said the governor emphasized that while he’s backing Trump, that “everybody’s’ welcome. This is New Hampshire.”

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