Pompeo confirms he was interviewed by Mueller

Pompeo confirms he was interviewed by Mueller

Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MOREPresident TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE's nominee for secretary of State, confirmed on Thursday that he has been interviewed by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.

Pompeo, currently the director of the CIA, made the remarks during questioning in his confirmation hearing. He declined to answer any questions about his testimony to Mueller — or reported conversations with Trump — citing the ongoing nature of the investigation and the need for a president to speak candidly to his senior leaders.

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"I spoke with special counsel Mueller, who interviewed me — requested an interview. I cooperated," he said in response to questioning from Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezWilliam Barr is right man for the times This week: Trump delivers State of the Union amid wall fight BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president MORE (D-N.J.).

"I'm not going to speak to" the subject of the conversation, he said, but cautioned that lawmakers should draw no "negative inferences or positive inferences" from his circumspection.

"I have cooperated with multiple investigations, while the investigation continues, I think that's the appropriate way to approach it."

That answer did not satisfy Menendez, who said that he did not believe Mueller would have told Pompeo that he "couldn't" speak to lawmakers about the interview, calling his silence troubling.

The admission arose as Menendez pressed Pompeo on a conversation the CIA chief reportedly had with the president, during which Trump allegedly asked him and Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsEx-Trump official says intel community's testimony interfered in US-North Korea talks Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff with Trump MORE if they could intervene in the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, which was being led by then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE.

The conversation took place in March, according to The Washington Post.

Pompeo declined to answer questions about the conversation, but said that the article's "suggestion that he asked me to do anything improper is false."

"I'm not going to talk about private conversations I've had with the president," Pompeo said. "It's appropriate for a president to have an opportunity to talk with his senior leaders."

Further, he added, "I don't recall what he asked me, but he has never asked me to do anything I consider remotely improper."