Trump calls interview with special counsel 'unlikely'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 11, 2018,
Jan 11, 2018, 3:13
The president's legal team has anticipated that Mueller will request an interview with Trump at some point, a possibility that the special counsel's office and Trump's lawyers have have declined to comment about.
Mueller is investigating alleged collusion between Trump's presidential election campaign and Russian Federation.
As far as any potential interview with Mueller, Trump left things vague, saying "certainly, we'll see what happens" while intimating that it might not be necessary because the collusion is unsubstantiated.
The Russia investigation has hovered over the administration as Trump continues to try to tackle complex domestic issues, specifically immigration reform that both addresses the legal status of those covered by an Obama-era immigration policy allowing children brought to the United States illegally as children, as well as funding for his long-promised border wall.
"There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes", he tweeted. "Republicans should finally take control!" the commander-in-chief wrote.
The president has repeatedly used the phrase "no collusion" in response to questions about the ongoing Russian Federation investigation - 16 times in 30 minutes during an interview with the New York Times at his golf course in Florida late last month.
The FBI, as well as the intelligence committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives, have been handling the investigation into Russia's alleged interference into the 2016 US presidential election.
Trump said he would "100 percent" be willing to share his version of the encounter with Comey under oath. "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you".
Asked again about a possible Mueller interview, Trump said, "I'll speak with attorneys".
Mueller's work has long had an important cyber component, as Russia's hacking of Democrats' emails to undermine confidence in the USA electoral system and help Trump win is central to his probe. "It's got to include the wall".
And he did not rule out having the US rejoin the Paris climate change agreement.