Trump On Mueller Probe: ‘I Could Run It If I Want’

on August 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a "Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection" event at the White House August 20, 2018 in Was... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a "Salute to the Heroes of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection" event at the White House August 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump thanked members of the border patrol and immigration enforcement community for their service during the event. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
August 20, 2018 6:08 p.m.

President Donald Trump mused Monday that he could personally run special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and related matters “if I want,” according to Reuters’ Jeff Mason.

Mason also wrote on Twitter that Trump said he hadn’t “given much thought” to stripping Mueller’s security clearance, a move some critics thought he could pursue after revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance.

Newsletters
Get TPM in your inbox, twice weekly.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Trump also echoed his lawyers, who’ve warned that  a sit-down interview with Mueller might lead the President to lie, criminally, to the federal agent. In a write-up of that portion of the conversation, Reuters said Trump “expressed fears that investigators could compare his statements with that of others who have testified in the probe, such as former FBI Director James Comey.”

“Even if I am telling the truth, that makes me a liar,” Trump said. “That’s no good.”

This post has been updated.

Latest News
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: