Pence ‘more than willing’ to sit down with Mueller

Vice President Pence on Sunday said he is “more than willing” to sit down with 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 team as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I would,” he said on CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked if he'd agree to an interview with investigators. “I would be more than willing to continue to provide any and all support in that. And we have outside counsel that will advise me accordingly.”


Pence added, however, that the special investigation hasn’t been a focus of his while he’s been in office.

“And it's not the president's focus,” he said. “I mean the reason why we're making the progress that we're making all across this country, rebuilding our military, restoring America's strength in the world, seeing the opportunity for peace emerge on the Korean Peninsula. … We're expecting a letter as we speak from [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un communicating again, as he did last week, his reaffirmation of his commitment to denuclearization. No more nuclear tests.”

In addition to looking into Moscow’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election, Mueller is also investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians and whether President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE has tried to obstruct the probe.

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 Mueller 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."

Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, last Thursday walked back comments he made to The Associated Press in which he said Trump wouldn’t answer any of Mueller’s questions on obstruction of justice.

Those questions are "not ruled in or out," Giuliani told NBC News.

The comments came amid reported internal debate among Trump’s legal team over whether the president should sit down for an interview with the special prosecutor.