Trump Would ‘Love To’ Talk To Mueller–After Considering His Firing (Video)

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Michael Flynn.

Paul Manafort.

George Papadopoulos.

Steve Bannon.

Jeff Sessions.

What do all these names have in common?

They are names of Trump campaign officials special council Robert Mueller has interviewed about their knowledge and/or participation in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Next up…

President Trump?

To reporters at the White House before departing for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump claimed he has no problem speaking with Mueller–under oath.

He said:

“I’m looking forward to it. I would love to do it.”

When asked when he expected that interview might occur, Trump speculated within “two or three weeks.”

Of course, the White House had to then walk back the president’s statements.

Attorney Ty Cobb clarified:

“He’s ready to meet with them, but he’ll be guided by the advice of his personal counsel.”

 

Muller’s investigation is likely to focus on more than just Russian influence; it is concerned with possible obstruction of justice after Trump fired FBI director James Comey in May after Comey declined to take a loyalty oath to the president during a private dinner meeting.

Comey also spoke with special council this week about the memos he took of conversations with Trump.

During his testimony before a highly televised Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June, Comey confirmed some of those conversations made him uncomfortable.

The New York Times reported Thursday that on June 12, 2017, Trump ordered Robert Muller fired, but reconsidered after White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II threatened to resign rather than comply.

To McGahn, Trump complained of three conflicts of interest of Mueller’s own that disqualify him from leading the Russian collusion/obstruction of justice case.

A dispute over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., according to Trump, prompted then-FBI director Mueller to resign his membership.

Another conflict the president cited is Mueller’s employment at a law firm that previously represented Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Third, says Trump, Mueller was interviewed for the FBI director position the day before he was appointed special counsel.

Whether or not Trump will follow through on his desire to speak with Mueller remains to seen.

Perhaps he will exercise “executive privilege.”

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Ted Millar is parent, poet, and teacher. His poetry has been in featured in myriad literary journals, including Caesura, Circle Show, Cactus Heart, Third Wednesday, and The Voices Project. He is also an occasional contributor to Liberal Nation Rising.