If Mueller moves beyond collusion to charge Trump, constitutional clash may follow

  • If Mueller moves beyond collusion to charge Trump, constitutional clash may follow

If Mueller moves beyond collusion to charge Trump, constitutional clash may follow

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to back off a commitment to meet investigators looking into Russia's role in the 2016 United States election, saying an interview was "unlikely" to take place.

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But on Wednesday, asked if he is open to meeting Mueller and whether he would set strict conditions, Trump told reporters at the White House: "We'll see what happens".

So, of course, it would be to Trump's advantage to avoid an in-person interview, but Wright said he thinks it's extremely unlikely that he'll be able to get away without doing one.

"We'll see what happens", Trump answered, before going on to repeatedly insist that there was no collusion between the Russian government and his campaign team during the 2016 election.

Republicans say there hasn't been proof yet on collusion, and they blame Democrats for trying to drag out the investigations and chase what they say are false leads.

"And, you know, you can talk all you want about Russian Federation, which was all a - you know, fake news, fabricated deal - to try and make up for the loss of the Democrats and the press plays right into it", said Trump.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump slammed the Russian Federation probe as a distraction, calling on congressional Republicans to "take control".

The nation's top spy bosses scrambled to the White House early Thursday to urge President Trump to restate his support for a controversial surveillance law after he spent the morning trashing it on Twitter.

Dealing with another subject - a Bill to protect some 8,00,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation - Trump appeared to modify his earlier statement that he would sign a "clean DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) Bill" if it were to emerge from Congress.

She released the transcript of Glenn Simpson's interview over the objections of the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley. "We're going to see what happens", the USA president said.

The legal team's decision apparently hinges on the type of questions Mueller will ask and if that info "can be obtained elsewhere".

But that law has become tangled up in the sprawling political imbroglio over Russia's attack on the 2016 election, and Trump resurrected charges that it might have been used to snoop on him.

The president described the Russian investigation as a "phoney cloud" that has hurt the government and as a "Democrat hoax" brought up as an excuse for losing an election the party should have won because they have "such a tremendous advantage in the electoral college".

"Every single witness we've interviewed has been consistent on what they have testified to", he said.

"President Trump makes this strategy manifest clear as day nearly every day on his Twitter feed".

"We found out recently, there were people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation plotting to bring the president down", as U.S. Sen. Her staff helped conduct the interview with Simpson, who had also asked for the interview to be released.

A spokesman for Nunes declined to comment.

Feinstein faces a primary from California state Senate leader Kevin de Leon.

"The innuendo and misinformation circulating about the transcript are part of a deeply troubling effort to undermine the investigation into potential collusion and obstruction of justice", she said.

Two Trump campaign aides - including campaign manager Paul Manafort - have been indicted in the investigation.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, also criticised Trump's tweet, saying it "smacks of interference in investigations and I think that's inappropriate".