Trump plays down prospect of special counsel interviewing him about Russian Federation

Trump plays down prospect of special counsel interviewing him about Russian Federation

Trump plays down prospect of special counsel interviewing him about Russian Federation

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to back off a commitment to meet investigators looking into Russia's role in the 2016 United States election, saying an interview was "unlikely" to take place.

Trump did not rule out the possibility of being questioned by Mueller when asked about it at a news conference Saturday.

"I mean, certainly, I'll see what happens", he said. "But when they have no collusion - and nobody has found any collusion at any level - it seems unlikely that you would even have an interview", Trump said.

"It has been determined that there is no collusion by virtually everybody". He said of Mueller then: "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I told you".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday held a joint press conference at the White House with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

That first burst in March, the day that then-FBI Director James B. Comey first acknowledged that the bureau was looking at any collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian actors.

Trump also railed against a frequent target, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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"That's ridiculous", he said, "and a lot of people looked upon that as being a very serious breach, and it really was".

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", she said. "Everybody knows it, every committee".

He claimed that the Russian Federation investigation into his campaign and possible collusion was a "Democrat hoax" brought up by the party as an excuse for its defeat in the 2016 election. In fact, Clinton's win by almost three million in the popular vote did not translate to the electoral college.

According to sources, conversations with Mueller's team about an interview are in the early stage.

But the President's lawyers have in recent weeks prepared for the likelihood that Mueller will seek an interview with the President, considering how to respond to such a request.

Once again on Wednesday Trump did not criticise Russia's President Vladimir Putin directly, but he did contend that he is not pursuing policies calculated to please the Kremlin. Headlines questioning whether Trump could be removed under the 25th Amendment, which allows Congress to remove a president from power if he or she is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office", followed the book's publication, as did renewed speculation of impeachment.

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