President Donald Trump dismissed investigations and charges against many of his associates and said Thursday outgoing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has assured his lawyers he was not a target of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether any members of his campaign colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.
"[Rosenstein] told the attorneys that I'm not a subject, I'm not a target," Trump told The New York Times.
The president also expressed disgust with the way political consultant Roger Stone was arrested by FBI officials Tuesday, calling the raid at 6 a.m. ET "a very sad thing for this country."
Stone, a longtime Trump associate, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a seven-count indictment including charges of lying to the FBI, obstruction, and witness tampering.
Mueller's team has accused him of lying about his contacts with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange during the campaign. WikiLeaks in July 2016 released a trove of documents stolen from the Democratic National Committee by Russian hackers.
Trump told the Times he never spoke with Stone about WikiLeaks and never directed him to get in touch with the whistleblower website.
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