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Trump says he'd 'love to' speak to Mueller in Russian Federation probe

05 May 2018, 01:23 | Kenneth Drake

President Trump to "Get involved" in Russia investigation

Emmet Flood in 2015

"I would love to go".

"I would love to speak", he insisted. "Nobody wants to speak more than me", Trump told reporters before departing from the White House to speak at the NRA convention in Dallas. "But I have to find that we will be treated fairly".

He added, "I can imagine some things that I would do differently but then I'd have to figure out, so what would I do then with the alternative lives that would spin out from that and would they be better or worse?"

The about four dozen questions were compiled by Trump's lawyers during negotiations with Mueller's investigators earlier this year over the prospect of a presidential interview.

Trump lashed out against the investigation in familiar fashion Wednesday, tweeting: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)".

Mr. Cobb, a longtime white-collar defense lawyer, was not a supporter of the Trump campaign and never viewed himself as part of that team.

Mueller has suggested Trump could be subpoenaed if he doesn't voluntarily talk.

The president told reporters that "if you fight back because you people say something wrong or they. something wrong, or they leak, which they've been doing, if you fight back, they say, 'Oh, that's obstruction of justice.' Somebody says something wrong, you fight back, they say, 'That's obstruction of justice.' It's nonsense".

"You have got a gaggle of investigators which can be all Democrats", Trump mentioned of Mueller and his group. "And they say that I'm not a target - and I am not a target", he said.

Friday's comments aren't the first time the president has publically expressed interest in sitting down with Mueller.

Even if Mueller's team chose to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, the president could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

"Emmet Flood will be joining the White House staff to represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

"It's the theory of law - that if someone pushes on you, you push back three or four times harder", the person said. "Right now it is a pure witch hunt".

Mueller is a Republican and was appointed by one other Republican, Deputy Legal professional Basic Rod Rosenstein, to guide the investigation.

Trump also brushed off revelations by his newly recruited attorney, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, that he was aware of and approved reimbursements to his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

"At some point, I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!" said Trump in a Wednesday morning Twitter post.



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