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Trump on Being Interviewed by Mueller on Russia: 'Nobody's Asked'

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By    |   Friday, 20 Oct 2017 07:43 PM

President Donald Trump said Friday that he had not been asked to be interviewed by Russia special counsel Robert Mueller, declining to say whether he would if asked.

"I don’t know," Trump told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo in an interview, of which excerpts were released Friday and reported by The Hill. "Nobody's asked me to do that."

Bartiromo then referenced news reports that the president's lawyers were considering whether he should interview with Mueller's team.

However, Trump insisted that "there is no collusion" with Moscow despite the various investigations by Congress into the Kremlin's meddling in last year's presidential election.

"There is no collusion, I can tell you that," Trump told Bartiromo, adding, "everybody's seen that.

"You have Senate meetings, you have Senate hearings — and nobody has asked us to do interviews anywhere," he added. "They have found no collusion."

Bartiromo's interview comes as Mueller's investigators have interviewed several former Trump campaign associates and current White House staffers in recent weeks.

Former press secretary Sean Spicer sat down with Mueller's investigators on Monday, according to news reports, and former chief of staff Reince Priebus was interviewed last week, his lawyer said.

Current administration staffers expected to be queried include White House counsel Don McGahn and communications director Hope Hicks.

Mueller is reportedly interested in the circumstances surrounding Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May and whether the president was trying to derail the agency's Russia probe.

In Priebus' case, he was said to have argued against Comey's termination, though he is not considered a focus of the investigation.

Mueller led the FBI from 2001 to 2013.

Russia has denied wrongdoing — and President Trump has long slammed Mueller's inquiry as a "witch hunt."

Bartiromo's interview with Trump, to be aired on Sunday and Monday on Fox Business, also occurred after the CIA walked back Director Mike Pompeo's comments at a think-tank forum Thursday that Moscow's involvement had not swayed last year's election results.

"The intelligence community's assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the election," Pompeo told the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

Democrats immediately slammed the comments, with House Intelligence Committee co-chair Rep. Adam Schiff of California calling it "a presidential talking point, not an agency conclusion."

But CIA spokesman Dean Boyd told NPR later Thursday that Pompeo's remark did not mean the intelligence community's assessment in January of Russia's actions — meddling in the election process — had not changed.

"The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the director did not intend to suggest that it had," Boyd said.

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