Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Ducks Mueller Questions: 'Seems Unlikely That You'd Even Have An Interview'

Trump Ducks Mueller Questions: 'Seems Unlikely That You'd Even Have An Interview'

President Donald Trump today said it "seems unlikely" that he would have an interview with special Consul Robert Mueller who is investigating the potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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"We'll see what happens".

Pence - who has been a key figure during moments in the Trump campaign, transition and White House that Mueller is investigating - would cooperate with a request for an interview, this person said.

Trump had said he fired FBI director James Comey past year in part because of his earlier investigation into Russian Federation and the 2016 election.

Speaking aboard Air Force One in July, Trump used the phrase "witch hunt" several times, declaring ongoing questions about Russian Federation to be a politically motivated "witch hunt" overplayed by the press.

He ridiculed Hillary Clinton, her opponent in the elections, for being interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the email case in 2016. Much of that probe may center on the president's own actions, such as the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey.

Mr Trump said "we'll see what happens" when asked if he'd provide an interview to Mr Mueller's team.

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The special counsel's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.

What is unlikely - unimaginable, in my assessment - is that Mueller would conclude his investigation without seeking to interview the president.

"Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a USA president", the report asserts.

So despite the president's claim that an interview seems "unlikely", there's little doubt that Mueller's team will want to talk to him. Trump's lawyers have been making a pretense of cooperating with Mueller, but that pretense may have ended Wednesday.

"In November, we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets", Trump said.

"It has been determined there is no collusion", Trump said, making another false claim, as there is in fact substantial evidence supporting the conclusion that collusion occurred.

Schiff denied leaking witness interviews but was not asked the more narrow question of whether he has leaked any other details of the investigation or instructed his staff to do so.

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