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Trump says he has 'no intention' of stopping Mueller investigation

Trump says he has 'no intention' of stopping Mueller investigation
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President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE in a new interview Tuesday said he has "no intention" of stopping special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation, but stopped short of explicitly vowing not to do so.

“The Mueller investigation is what it is. It just goes on and on and on,” Trump told The Washington Post in an interview.

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“This question has been asked about me now for almost two years,” Trump added.

“And, in the meantime, he’s still there," he continued. "He wouldn’t have to be, but he’s still there, so I have no intention of doing anything.”

The president did not speak on the record with the Post about a new filing from Mueller's team that accuses former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE of violating his plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors.

Asked earlier Tuesday about the latest developments in Manafort's case, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump did nothing wrong, and said she was unaware of discussions about a possible pardon for Manafort.

Manafort was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud over the summer in a case in Northern Virginia. He agreed to cooperate with Mueller in September to avoid a second, separate federal trial in Washington, D.C., but now faces jail time if he is found to have lied to prosecutors.

In addition to Manafort, Mueller's investigation has implicated former Trump associates Michael Flynn, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE and Richard Gates. The special counsel has also obtained indictments against more than 20 Russian nationals.

The president frequently derides the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and has repeatedly denied he colluded with Russia.

On Thursday night, Trump tweeted that the investigation is "a total disgrace," and questioned why the special counsel was not looking into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE's deleted emails.

Trump's decision to fire former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE earlier this month and name Matthew Whitaker as his acting replacement raised alarms among Democrats over the fate of the Mueller investigation.

Whitaker wrote opinion pieces and appeared on cable news programs prior to joining the Justice Department in which he spoke critically of the special counsel. He suggested the attorney general could stifle its funding, and called for limits on the scope of the investigation.

Trump told "Fox News Sunday" in an interview earlier this month that he was unaware of Whitaker's past comments before naming him acting attorney general.

The president added he believes Whitaker will "do what's right" when faced with decisions about the special counsel.

Trump's lawyers submitted written answers last week to questions from Mueller's team, but the president has said he is unlikely to sit for an in-person interview.

Updated at 7:53 p.m.