According to the Mueller Report, when US President Donald Trump learned the Special Counsel had been appointed, he slumped back in his chair and said: "Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m f****d!"
Today, almost two years later, Mr Trump welcomed the release of the Mueller Report with a Game of Thrones themed tweet containing the words "Game Over". So what happened in the intervening 23 months?
Well, the report released today portrays an image of a president who was genuinely worried about the Russia investigation. A president who asked his White House lawyer and FBI director to get involved, both of whom refused to do so.
The Mueller Report concludes that Mr Trump's written answers to their questions were "inadequate" but chose not to subpoena him as this would have delayed the investigation.
Robert Mueller says that when it comes to obstruction of justice, he did not draw a conclusion one way or another writing: "While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
The Special Counsel instead leaves it up to the Department of Justice and Congress to investigate possible obstruction by the US President.
The Attorney General has already stated there will be no obstruction charges but Congress is a different matter.
The US House of Representatives is controlled by Democrats and they have already launched a series of investigations into Donald Trump.
Armed with some of the more damaging conclusions of the Mueller Report, those efforts will now intensify.
From Donald Trump's perspective, his declaration of "Game Over" could turn out to be premature.