President Donald Trump said Friday he would "love to speak" to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russian Federation investigation but cautioned he would only do so if he's "treated fairly", and he again labeled the probe a "witch hunt". "I would love to go", Trump said.
"I would love to speak", he insisted. Although Mueller's team has indicated to Trump's lawyers that he's not considered a target, investigators remain interested in whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice and want to interview him about several episodes in office.
Addressing reporters shortly after at Andrews Air Force Base, Trump hinted that he would agree to the meeting only if he was assured that he would be treated fairly, claiming that the investigation is now a "witch hunt" and that Mueller's team consists of "angry Democrats".
The president quoted Dowd in a tweet on Wednesday, after his former lawyer's exchange with Mueller came to light, adding: "With North Korea, China, the Middle East and so much more, there is not much time to be thinking about this, especially since there was no Russian "Collusion". "They say, 'That's obstruction of justice.' It is nonsense", he said. But Trump was not satisfied, Comey has said, and repeatedly told him, "We need to get that fact out" more widely. One of Trump's lawyers announced Giuliani's addition to the team on April 19.
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Trump at this time once more accused Mueller of getting partisan investigators.
A person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, told the AP that the president's lawyers extrapolated the list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller's team about the topics prosecutors wanted to cover in a potential sit down with Trump.
"I'm not gonna answer that", Comey said a at March 2017 House intelligence committee hearing in response to the question of whether Trump himself was being investigated.
Giuliani in an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday had said Trump fired James Comey as FBI director previous year because Comey declined to state publicly that Trump was not at the time a target of the agency's investigation into Russia's role in the election.
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It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved". He knows this is a witch hunt.
Another attorney whom Trump tried to bring on ultimately passed because of conflicts, and the president two weeks ago added former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a pair of former prosecutors, Martin and Jane Raskin, to work alongside mainstay lawyer Jay Sekulow.
Even if Mueller's team made a decision to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, he could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.
Trump also complained that there are too many Democrats on Mueller's team.
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