Pence says Mueller has not interviewed him

Pence says Mueller has not interviewed him
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Vice President Pence told NBC News Saturday that he has not been interviewed by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's team as part of its investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

The comment comes more than a month after Pence said he would be "more than willing" to sit down with the special counsel. 

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"Have you been interviewed by the special counsel’s office?" NBC's Vaughn Hillyard asked Pence during a wide-ranging interview aired on Sunday.

"I have not," Pence replied.

Pence on CBS's "Face the Nation" in September said that he would be willing to "provide any and all support" for Mueller's investigation. 

“I would be more than willing to continue to provide any and all support in [sitting down with Mueller]," Pence said. "And we have outside counsel that will advise me accordingly.”

He added that the Russia investigation has not been his focus since coming into office.
 
“And it's not the president's focus,” he said, then pivoted to a discussion of North Korea. 

Pence has previously called for an end to Mueller’s investigation, saying in May that it would be “in the interest of the country” for the special counsel to wrap up the probe.

"What I think is that it’s been about a year since this investigation began," Pence said at the time in an interview on NBC's "Today" show. "Our administration has provided over a million documents, we’ve fully cooperated in it and in the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up."

Reports have emerged for months that figures in President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE's close orbit have sat down for lengthy interviews with Mueller. 

Before he departed this month, White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly sat for more than 30 hours of interviews with Mueller, The New York Times reported.

Former Trump associates, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Manafort to be sentenced for bank, tax fraud in Virginia on March 8 MORE, have agreed to cooperate with the special counsel's probe.