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Trump willing to be questioned 'under oath' in Russian Federation probe

26 January 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump says he would be willing to be interviewed under oath by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. One source said the calendar joke seemed less amusing to them the day after Donald Trump won.

"Here is the story: There has been no collusion whatsoever".

"There has been no collusion whatsoever, there has been no obstruction whatsoever", the president said.

Sources told CNN on Tuesday that Mueller has indicated interest in questioning President Donald Trump about his dismissals of former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "I was a much better candidate than her", he said. "I would love to do it", he said, going on to say he "would do it under oath". He has called the investigation a "witch hunt" and has described it as a "cloud" over his presidency.

Sessions' attorney, Chuck Cooper, declined to comment, as did the White House.

This person said Trump is frustrated that the investigation is no longer about Russian Federation but is convinced it would be too unsafe to try to move against Mueller or any other Justice officials, at least for now.

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An interview with Trump does not necessarily signal the end of the probe. But any interview of a USA president in an investigation is fraught with issues of executive privilege - how much and in what context the US leader can be forced to disclose information.

But given that he left himself a significant caveat, the authenticity of his offer could be in doubt.

Needless to say, the interview will be risky for Trump. Comey is widely seen to have helped Trump win with surprising last-minute moves in that probe.

The disclosure about Comey's interview came hours after Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed that the interview with Sessions occurred. He's also interested in the President's outreach to intelligence agencies about the Russian Federation investigation. He said last week on a CBS News' political podcast, "The Takeout", that he expected the investigation to be wrapped up within weeks.

There's also the possibility however that he may have been acting impulsively, a plausible scenario since he has a record over his first year in office of supplying answers that his audience at any particular time wants to hear.

Mueller has reportedly sought to interview the President for alleged obstruction of justice - which is a crime unlike collusion - for sacking Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey after asking him to "let go" the agency's probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation contacts.

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The lawyer-to-lawyer discussions about Trump's possible testimony are informal and Mueller is not obligated to accept the terms presented by the president's team.

Mr Mueller is thought to be investigating whether Mr Comey's firing was an attempt to obstruct justice.

"I am looking forward to it", Trump told reporters at the White House.

But for all their eagerness to cooperate with the Mueller investigation, Trump and his lawyers will also have to be careful of certain mistakes people have made in the past in special counsel interviews.

Mr. Mueller has already interviewed several of the close aides and family members of Mr. Trump over the issue.

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Trump willing to be questioned 'under oath' in Russian Federation probe