President Donald Trump gave a qualified promise to testify under oath in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation during an impromptu gathering of reporters at the White House, The Washington Post reports.
It is unusual for FBI interviews to be conducted under oath, but even if Trump is not interviewed by Mueller's team under oath, it would still be a crime for him to lie to federal agents, said Andrew Wright, a professor at Savannah Law School and a former associate counsel to President Barack Obama. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the president asked McCabe about his vote during an Oval Office meeting shortly after Comey was sacked, citing several anonymous current and former USA officials. "There is no obstruction whatsoever", he said Wednesday.But any interview of a USA president in an investigation is fraught with issues of executive privilege - how much and in what context the U.S. leader can be forced to disclose information.
"I would do it under oath, absolutely", Trump responded.
He was responding to a question whether he was ready for an interview with Muller who wants to question him about his decision to fire his former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. The Justice Department said at the time that prosecutors were moving closer to a possible interview with Trump about whether he took steps to obstruct an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into contacts between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.
Asked if he thought Mr Mueller would be fair, the president replied: "We are going to find out".
The special counsel's office is also investigating potential obstruction of justice, and has questioned the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in part to discuss the president's decision to fire James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. One person said that Mueller's team has asked about Trump's private comments around key events and how he explained decisions.
The White House initially said the firing was based on the justice department's recommendation and cited as justification a memo that faulted Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
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He said that he wanted to negotiate an end to chain migration, but said he would work to allow nuclear families to stay together. The hope of those rallying is that both parties work to pass a clean Dream Act in the next spending bill.
"I'm looking forward to it".
His lawyer Ty Cobb previously told CBS in interview excerpts released Thursday that Trump is "very eager to sit down and explain whatever is responsive to the questions" that Mueller might pose.
"I don't think I did", he said.
Sessions, who had urged Comey's firing, was interviewed for hours, becoming the highest-ranking Trump administration official known to have submitted to questioning.
Comey said Trump dismissed him to try to undermine the agency's Russian Federation investigation. The president later told reporters to quote him on the record.
"Mueller's team has also made clear it is seeking a sit-down interview with Trump, according to these sources", the report continued.
Mr Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates face a range of charges including conspiracy against the United States.