Donald Trump says he is ‘looking forward’ to speaking under oath to Robert Mueller
President Donald Trump has said for the first time that he is willing to speak to Robert Mueller, saying that he is "looking forward to it".
Speculation has been growing for several weeks that Mr Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the US election, was seeking to speak to Mr Trump.
Mr Trump’s lawyers were reportedly informed back in December that Mr Mueller was going to request an interview.
Whenever Mr Trump or Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, was asked if he was willing to talk to Mr Mueller, they gave only non-committal answers.
Earlier this week Politico reported that aides of Mr Trump were attempting to negotiate a combination of written answers and face-to-face questions.
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But, speaking to reporters in an impromptu press conference in the doorway of his chief of staff’s office, Mr Trump said on Wednesday night that he would not have any problem with speaking to Mr Mueller.
"I would do it under it under oath," he said. "I would love to do that as soon as possible."
Mr Trump said he expects that to happen in the next two to three weeks.
Ty Cobb, the lawyer in charge of the White House response to Mr Mueller’s probe, said in a statement that Mr Trump was speaking hurriedly to reporters before departing on his trip to Davos, Switzerland.
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Cobb said Mr Trump emphasised that he remained committed to cooperating with the investigation and looked forward to speaking with Mr Mueller.
Cobb said Mr Mueller’s team and Mr Trump’s personal lawyers were working out the arrangements for a meeting.
Sources told Reuters earlier on Wednesday that senior US intelligence officers including CIA Director Mike Pompeo had been questioned by the special counsel’s team about whether Mr Trump tried to obstruct justice in the Russia probe.
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Such questioning is further indication that Mr Mueller’s criminal investigation into purported Russian interference in the election and potential collusion by Trump’s campaign includes examining the president’s actions around the probe.
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In his remarks to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Trump repeated past statements that there was no collusion between the campaign and Russia and "there’s no obstruction whatsoever."