President Donald Trump said that the investigation between his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections is witch hunt.
“There is collusion,” Trump said at a joint news conference with the Prime Minister of Norway. “But it’s really with the Democrats and Russia.”
“The witch hunt continues,” Trump added, making clear his disdain for the investigation, which has resulted in a guilty plea against his former National Security Adviser for not telling the truth about contacts with Russia, and an indictment against his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
“I can only say this, there was absolutely no collusion,” the Trump said, again making the case that the investigation was damaging the United States.
“I’ve been in office for eleven months now, and for eleven months, they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government,” he added.
Asked if he would give an interview to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating this case, the President was non-committal.
“We’ll see what happens,” Mr. Trump said, arguing that if there is no evidence of collusion, “it seems unlikely that you would even have an interview.”
NBC News reported that Trump’s lawyers have discussed whether to ask for stipulations to the interview, such as answering questions in writing or signing an affidavit asserting the president’s innocence.
Trump pivoted from the prospect of an interview to criticizing the FBI for its handling of the investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while at the State Department.
“When you talk about interviews, Hillary Clinton had an interview where she wasn’t sworn in, she wasn’t given the oath, they didn’t take notes, they didn’t record and it was done on the Fourth of July weekend. That’s, perhaps, ridiculous, a lot of people looked at that as a very serious breach,” he said.
Trump, without providing any evidence: "There is collusion, but it is really with the Democrats and the Russians far more than it is with the Republicans and Russians. The witch hunt continues." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/1u67G0Lz5O
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 10, 2018