What do all these names have in common?
They are names of Trump campaign officials special council Robert Mueller has interviewed about their knowledge and/or participation in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
To reporters at the White House before departing for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump claimed he has no problem speaking with Mueller–under oath.
“I’m looking forward to it. I would love to do it.”
When asked when he expected that interview might occur, Trump speculated within “two or three weeks.”
Of course, the White House had to then walk back the president’s statements.
Attorney Ty Cobb clarified:
“He’s ready to meet with them, but he’ll be guided by the advice of his personal counsel.”
Muller’s investigation is likely to focus on more than just Russian influence; it is concerned with possible obstruction of justice after Trump fired FBI director James Comey in May after Comey declined to take a loyalty oath to the president during a private dinner meeting.
To McGahn, Trump complained of three conflicts of interest of Mueller’s own that disqualify him from leading the Russian collusion/obstruction of justice case.
A dispute over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., according to Trump, prompted then-FBI director Mueller to resign his membership.
Another conflict the president cited is Mueller’s employment at a law firm that previously represented Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Third, says Trump, Mueller was interviewed for the FBI director position the day before he was appointed special counsel.
Whether or not Trump will follow through on his desire to speak with Mueller remains to seen.
Perhaps he will exercise “executive privilege.”
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