While discussions are underway about President Donald Trump possibly speaking with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, FBI investigators have not so far requested an interview with Vice President Mike Pence, a person familiar with the matter said.
Finger-pointing and acrimony surrounding probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election intensified Thursday, with the Trump White House and Democratic lawmakers trading accusations of undermining and manipulating investigations that require bipartisan buy-in to succeed. No collusion. When I watch you interviewing all the people leaving their committees, I mean, the Democrats are all running for office and they're trying to say this stuff.
Trump's words differed from what he said at a news conference in June previous year, shortly after fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey had told US Congress that Trump asked him for a pledge of loyalty.
He said he would be "glad to" speak to Mueller about it. That has angered Democrats, who say those probes are distractions from the Russian Federation investigations.
Though no invitation has been extended, Pence - a key figure during moments in the Trump campaign, transition and White House - would cooperate if an interview was requested, the person added.
In June, Trump said he was "being investigated" for firing Comey, and again called it a "witch hunt".
This past week, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee blamed Republicans for blocking witnesses who Democrats say would be crucial to their Russian Federation probe, laying the blame on the committee's GOP chairman, California Rep. Devin Nunes, and on House Speaker Paul Ryan. "Republicans should finally take control!" Trump's comments Wednesday suggest he might not agree to sit down with prosecutors voluntarily.
"I think we are going to have a long period of peace. We need the wall for stopping the drugs from coming in", Trump said when asked if he would sign a bill that didn't include funding for the wall.
Trump called that decision "unfair".
Once again on Wednesday Trump did not criticise Russia's President Vladimir Putin directly, but he did contend that he is not pursuing policies calculated to please the Kremlin. Trump added the issue had featured little in their discussions but he might be willing to reconsider the United States decision to walk away if it can strike a better deal. The transition's emails were slated for deletion after Trump's inauguration, but the transition asked the GSA to retain the records after receiving document requests from Congress last spring. Sending these three very basic questions Trump's way right out of the gate would be a fastball to Trump's head-a way to get him off balance during one of the most important legal proceedings the president has gone through in five decades of public life.
"Every single witness we've interviewed has been consistent on what they have testified to", he said.
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