President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he’d have no problem testifying before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. His position upends months of frenzied speculation over whether the president would actually submit to questioning from Mueller.
“I’m looking forward to it actually,” Trump said, as he stood in the doorway of Chief of Staff John Kelly’s office. The press conference was purportedly impromptu. “There has been no collusion whatsoever, there has been no obstruction whatsoever.” He added, “I would do it under oath, absolutely.”
But it’s unclear if Trump will keep his promise, since he’s already made it before only to backtrack. In June, Trump told reporters that he’d be “100 percent” willing to testify under oath in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, he seemingly reversed that vow earlier this month, when he declared it “unlikely” that he’d ever have to talk to Mueller. Along the way, he’s repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt.”
“We’ll see what happens,” he said on Jan. 10, when asked if he’d be willing to sit for an interview. “Certainly, I’ll see what happens. But when they have no collusion, and nobody’s found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you’d even have an interview.”
Mueller’s investigation has recently focused on several members of the White House staff and Trump’s top brass, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who reportedly spoke with Mueller last week.
According to the Washington Post, Mueller has already suggested to White House officials that he would, indeed, like to speak with Trump. Trump told reporters Wednesday that he’d be open to doing an interview in two or three weeks.
Cover image: Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves the U.S. Capitol Building after meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)