Trump refuses to commit to Mueller interview
Asked last June if he would be “100 percent willing” to speak to the special counsel under oath about his interactions with ousted FBI Director James Comey, Trump told a reporter, “I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you.”
Trump on Wednesday pivoted from the prospect of an interview to criticizing the FBI for its handling of the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while at the State Department.
“When you talk about interviews, Hillary Clinton had an interview where she wasn’t sworn in, she wasn’t given the oath, they didn’t take notes, they didn’t record and it was done on the Fourth of July weekend. That’s, perhaps, ridiculous, a lot of people looked at that as a very serious breach,” he said.
Comey told Congress in July of 2016 that the bureau’s interview with Clinton was not recorded and that she did not swear an oath to tell the truth. But he added that it’s still a crime to lie to the FBI regardless of whether an oath was taken and that FBI policy is not to record interviews.
The FBI released notes from that interview with Clinton in September of 2016.
Trump went on to blast allegations that his campaign colluded with Russia, arguing that such claims have hurt his presidency.
“There was absolutely no collusion, everybody knows it. I’ve been in office for 11 months, for 11 months they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government,” he said.
“It is a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election that frankly the Democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the Electoral College,” he continued.