Trump on whether he’d sit for Mueller interview: ‘We’ll see’
By Josh Dawsey | Washington Post
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to say whether he would grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, deflecting repeated questions on the topic by saying there had been “no collusion” with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said when asked directly whether he would sit for an interview with the special counsel.
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Trump then questioned why he would be interviewed, arguing again there had been “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia.
“It seems unlikely you’d even have an interview,” Trump said during a news conference at the White House with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
Mueller’s team told Trump’s lawyers in December it is likely to request an interview with the president, The Washington Post has reported, as part of its investigation into Moscow’s meddling in the election and whether any Trump associates conspired with Russian agents.
The wide-ranging probe has so far led to a guilty plea from former national security adviser Michael Flynn and an indictment of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Muller has interviewed a number of Trump’s senior aides and associates in recent months, including White House adviser Jared Kushner, also the president’s son-in-law, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, communications director Hope Hicks and White House counsel Don McGahn.
The investigation is expected to last for much of 2018, according to people with knowledge of the probe.
“For 11 months they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government. . . . It’s a Democrat hoax,” Trump said.
He criticized the FBI’s handling of its 2016 interview with Clinton, who was then a presidential candidate under investigation for her …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics