Russian Federation probe is 'Democrat hoax'; won't commit to meet Mueller

"When they have no collusion...it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview", Trump said during a press conference at the White House Wednesday, during which he called the Russian Federation investigation a "Democratic hoax".

Trump said he'll see what happens, but he also said when they have no collusion, and nobody's found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview.

Mueller is also looking at whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor, and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last May.

The president's comments Wednesday mark a departure from his previously expressed willingness to meet with the special counsel.

In answer to further questions on the topic, Trump drew comparisons with what he called the FBI's "ridiculous" handling of its 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Asked whether he would be willing to meet special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump deflected the question by repeatedly denying that investigators had found any evidence of collusion between his campaign team and Russian Federation. If the report provides evidence of criminal activity by top Trump campaign staff or potentially by the president himself - who has denied all wrongdoing - Congress could come under intense pressure to mount a prosecution.

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Two more - including former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn - have pled guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about their contacts with Kremlin-connected officials.

Any deal on immigration "has to include the wall" Trump said Wednesday, "because without the wall, it all doesn't work".

The comment marks a departure from what Trump said last June, which is that he would be "100 percent" open to testifying in the Russian Federation investigation. "Republicans should finally take control!" the commander-in-chief wrote. And, he said again, "there was absolutely no collusion" and "everybody knows it, every committee".

There is no polling on whether Americans think these investigations are a greater witch hunt than, say, the time they hunted witches in Salem.

The material was not classified and Feinstein on Wednesday said that she did not do anything illegal. Whether that's true depends to some extent on how you view things like Papadopoulos's awareness of incriminating emails collected by the Russians or Trump Jr.'s responding to the pitch for dirt on Clinton from the Russians with "I love it" - and then sitting down for the meeting.

  • Adam Floyd