Trump 'Looking Forward' to Mueller Interview Under Oath

'I'd love to do it'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2018 7:19 PM CST
President Donald Trump, speaks to a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – President Trump declared late Wednesday he's "looking forward" to being questioned—under oath—in the special counsel's probe of Russian election interference and possible Trump obstruction in the firing of the FBI director, the AP reports. Trump said he would be willing to answer questions under oath in the interview, which special counsel Robert Mueller has been seeking but which White House officials had not previously confirmed the president would grant. "I'm looking forward to it, actually," Trump said when asked by reporters at the White House. As for timing, he said, "I guess they're talking about two or three weeks, but I'd love to do it." He said, as he has repeatedly, that "there's no collusion whatsoever" with the Russians, and he added, "There's no obstruction whatsoever."

The timing and circumstances of a Trump interview are still being ironed out. But soon it will probably be the president himself who will have to explain to Mueller how his actions don't add up to obstruction of justice. And that conversation will be dominated by questions tied whether he took steps to thwart an FBI investigation. Asked if he thinks Mueller will be fair, Trump replied: "We're going to find out." He then reiterated that there is "no collusion." In a potential signal of his defense, Trump suggested that he didn't obstruct—he simply fought back against a false accusation. Back in June, Trump said he'd be "100%" willing to testify under oath as part of the investigation. But he appeared to walk that back earlier this month when he refused to say if he'd agree to be interviewed by Mueller at all.


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