Trump Says He Could Lead the Investigation Into Himself: I Can ‘Run it if I Want’
President Donald Trump insists he has has stayed out of Robert Mueller‘s way so far — but he can seize control of the special counsel’s investigation if he wants to.
As part of a wide-ranging conversation with Reuters published on Monday, the president faced questions about whether he would ever give an interview to Mueller under oath. Trump grumbled that a Mueller interview would be a “perjury trap” if his discrepancies and past statements get used against him.
“Even if I am telling the truth, that makes me a liar,” said Trump. “That’s no good.”
Trump went on to say he’s “totally allowed” to run the special counsel investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.
Exclusive: @realDonaldTrump tells @Reuters he has chosen not to be involved in Mueller probe but is "totally allowed" to be if he wanted to. "I've decided to stay out. Now, I don't have to stay out, as you know. I can go in and I could… do whatever, I could run it if I want."
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) August 20, 2018
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