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

on August 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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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.

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.

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