Specifically, the president wanted to talk about the parts of the report where Robert Hur, the special counsel, said that he did not willfully retain classified documents, talking about classified Afghanistan documents, as well as others, and that they felt as though there was no real evidence to say that the president intentionally did this.
He also got emotional about the parts of the report that had to do with his son Beau Biden, specifically that the report said that the president did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died.
And so the White House was really angered by that. The president was angered by that. And you saw that in his remarks. The White House basically universally felt, everyone in there, the White House official that I spoke to told me, that the special counsel — they felt as though the special counsel was performing for — quote — “MAGA Republicans,” and that it was time for the president to respond to that.