Trump Having 2nd Thoughts About Interview With Mueller
He'll no longer commit to interview for Russia investigation
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2018 6:29 PM CST
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg on the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Seven months ago, President Trump said he would "100%" be willing to testify under oath as part of an investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, as well as potential obstruction of justice resulting from his firing of James Comey, NBC News reports. That appears to no longer be the case. "When they have no collusion, and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview," USA Today quotes Trump as telling reporters Wednesday. The president refused to say if he would agree to be interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and called his investigation a "Democrat hoax" and "witch hunt" that, as per the New York Times, "has hurt our government."

Trump wasn't only defensive about the investigation when speaking with reporters ."The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues," Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday. "There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes." The president, notably, didn't rule out all collusion. "There is collusion, but it's really with the Democrats and the Russians," he told reporters. Regardless, Trump's legal team has been in communication with Mueller's investigation regarding the possibility of an interview. Politico looks at what Trump's lawyers are likely doing to make sure he's ready: "If the president is going to navigate this interview without stepping on any legal or political landmines, he absolutely must ... take this seriously."

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