February 21, 2018

US's Trump Says "Looking Forward" To Being Interviewed In Russia Probe

26 January 2018, 05:28 | Christie Tate

Russia Collusion Probe: Trump willing to testify 'under oath'

Donald Trump: I'm looking forward to grilling on Russia by Robert Mueller

The president had previously said he thought an interview was "unlikely" because there had been no collusion.He has called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" and a "hoax".

"Fake news, folks", Mr. Trump replied.

The White House didn't immediately return HuffPost's request for comment.

Responding to queries if he thought the interrogation would be fair, Trump said: "We are going to find out".

Mueller has conducted interviews with several top insiders, working his way closer in the administration to the president.

Trump's attorney Ty Cobb declined to comment on the reports "out of respect for the Office of the Special Counsel and its process".

According to the Times, Trump had accused Mueller of three conflicts of interest that he argued disqualified him from running the Russian Federation collusion investigation.

"They're trying to change the story", Hannity said, referring to The Times's report.

Ironically enough, the fact that Trump tried removing Mueller from his post only gives fuel to the growing obstruction case being built at this very moment - by none other than Robert Mueller. Cobb said, however, that Trump's remarks were rushed and that the president was not volunteering to testify before a grand jury, the Times reported.

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NBC, citing people familiar with the inquiry, did not say when the interview with Mr. Pompeo occurred but said one person familiar with the inquiry called him a "peripheral witnesses" to Mr. Comey's firing.

Why did Trump change his mind?

But earlier this month, Trump dodged when asked about submitting to an interview for Mueller.

Trump said past year that he would "100%" be willing to meet with Mueller. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts and is cooperating with Mueller's investigation.

Mueller had been appointed special counsel last May after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who had been heading up the Russian Federation investigation. But he said that setting a date certain for an interview would be "subject to my lawyers and all of that".

The New York Times reports tonight the reason the firing didn't happen was because White House Counsel Don McGahn refused to ask the Department of Justice to dump Mueller and instead threatened to quit.

McGahn reportedly told senior White House officials that firing Mueller would be "catastrophic" for Mr. Trump's presidency, and he predicted, according to the Times, that Mr. Trump would never follow through on the order on his own.

The number of voluntary interviews included eight people from the White House counsel's office. Trump also said he had not discussed the matter with Sessions.

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