Trump calls his election Clinton's funeral: 'It was a wake'
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"I call it Hillary Clinton’s funeral, that was the night she lost the election," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. "It was a funeral, it was a wake."

Trump made the remark while speaking about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian election interference.


The president has repeatedly attacked the probe as a "witch hunt" and blasted lawyers in the special counsel's office as "17 angry Democrats." Mueller is himself a longtime Republican, previously serving as FBI director under presidents of both parties.

Trump on Friday attempted to tie Clinton's electoral loss in 2016 to Mueller's probe, claiming "people that are on Mueller’s team" were "crying" the night she lost.

Trump added that he would sit for an interview with Mueller as part of the investigation, but only "under certain circumstances."

"It’s a big waste of time," he said. "There was no collusion. It’s such a sad thing for our country to be going through a witch hunt like that. It’s so hard for us to deal with other countries including Russia because of that witch hunt."

His comments came just a day after Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told The Associated Press that the president would not answer questions from Mueller related to obstruction of justice.

Trump's legal team and Mueller have been in negotiations for months regarding potential parameters for an interview between the president and the special counsel.

Trump's lawyers are reportedly attempting to preclude Trump from sitting down for the interview due to concern that the president could perjure himself. Former White House lawyer John Dowd told Trump in March that Trump sitting for an interview would result in perjury charges, according to excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House."