Trump says he has 'no intention' of shutting down Mueller probe

Trump says he has 'no intention' of shutting down Mueller probe
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE said he has “no intention” of shutting down special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“60 Minutes” host Lesley Stahl asked Trump in an interview that aired Sunday if he would pledge not to shut down the probe.

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“Well, I don’t pledge anything,” Trump said. “But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind.”

When pressed on why he wouldn't make a pledge, Trump said he didn’t want to.

“Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I'll pledge. I don't have to pledge to you,” the president said.

Trump repeatedly attacks the probe and calls it a “hoax” and “witch hunt.”

“60 Minutes” noted that as many as 32 people have been charged or pleaded guilty in the investigation as of Sunday.

The president's personal legal team is reportedly preparing written answers to the questions submitted by Mueller. 

The special counsel's office has been locked in a battle with the Trump legal team to have Trump answer Mueller's questions regarding possible collusion and obstruction of justice.