Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Trump walks back his willingness to testify in the Russian Federation investigation

Trump walks back his willingness to testify in the Russian Federation investigation

President Donald Trump would not commit Wednesday to being interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russian Federation investigation and called the prospect "unlikely", despite saying past year that he would be willing to speak with him.

Four former Trump campaign members have already been charged in connection with Mr Mueller's probe, though none of the charges specifically mentioned collusion.

Trump, who has repeatedly denied any collusion, reportedly thought an interview would relieve concerns his campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Referencing an article in the Washington Post this week suggesting that Mueller would likely seek to question Trump in the coming weeks, Fox News' John Roberts asked the president Wednesday if he would be open to meeting with the special counsel and, if so, whether he would set conditions for the interview.

"We'll see what happens", Trump said during a joint press conference with the prime minister of Norway.

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Mueller is also looking at whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor, and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last May.

The remarks mark a turning point from Trump's statement last June, when he said that he would be "100%" willing to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey. The Justice Department which chose the special counsel is run by Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

He called the allegations of collusion with Russian Federation and any possible wrongdoing by his campaign "a Democrat hoax" and a "phony cloud" to deflect from Hillary Clinton losing the Electoral College and thus the White House. But it has been determined that there is no collusion and by virtually everybody.

Mueller indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and another campaign aide, Rick Gates, in October.

"I can only say this, there was absolutely no collusion", the President said, again making the case that the investigation was damaging the United States. "When they have no collusion and nobody's found collusion at any level it seems unlikely that you'd have an interview".

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