Trump's year: Mueller looms, Congress bickers over Russia

Joann Johnston
January 14, 2018

"Whether in public remarks or on Twitter, the President has repeatedly called the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller a 'witch hunt, ' dismissing it as a frivolous investigation launched by his political enemies seeking to delegitimize his 2016 election victory".

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that it "seems unlikely" that he would give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and his election campaign.

But on Wednesday, asked if he is open to meeting Mueller and whether he would set strict conditions, Trump told reporters at the White House: "We'll see what happens".

"They give you people, in fact, as you know, the person on the West Side Highway that killed eight people, and so badly injured ― legs and arms ― so badly injured many more, they came in through the lottery system", Trump said.

Bannon drew the ire of the White House last week when The Guardian revealed that author Michael Wolff quoted him in his book "Fire and Fury" as saying a Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign was "unpatriotic" and perhaps "treasonous".

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation oversight on Capitol Hill in Washington June 13, 2013.

"I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you", Trump added during an event at the White House.

Mueller's team told the White House last month that they are likely to request an interview with the president, the Washington Post has reported.

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Trump emphasized the circumstances around Clinton's interview with the FBI, which took place at the end of a lengthy FBI investigation, and a day before Comey recommended that no criminal charges be filed, despite finding Clinton had been "grossly negligent" in handling of classified information. Dianne Feinstein released an interview transcript from the committee's investigation over the objections of Chairman Chuck Grassley, saying she was frustrated by Republican attempts to undermine the investigation.

They revealed that Mr Simpson told senators part of the investigation's focus was on the President's golf resorts in Scotland, the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire and Turnberry in Ayrshire, as they hoped to discover more abut his financial dealings. "I mean, certainly I'll see what happens", he said.

The legal team's decision apparently hinges on the type of questions Mueller will ask and if that info "can be obtained elsewhere".

The Point: Trump is obsessed and irritated by the ongoing Russian Federation investigations and the questions he continues to get about them.

Trump's legal team is seeking clarification on whether the president would be interviewed directly by Mueller, as well as the legal standard for when a president can be interviewed, the location of a possible interview, the topics and the duration. Dianne Feinstein of being "underhanded and a disgrace" for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.

A US official confirmed that Coats met with the president Thursday morning to explain the importance of Section 702. The two leaders also discussed military cooperation, trade and their different responses to climate change.

"With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

According to the report, Trump's lawyers began their own internal discussions on the subject "shortly after the president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was indicted in late October for money laundering in connection with his business dealings with Ukraine".

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