Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Trump holds press conference with Norwegian prime minister at White House

Trump holds press conference with Norwegian prime minister at White House

Many anticipate Special Counsel Robert Mueller to interview President Trump as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to back off a commitment to meet investigators looking into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election, saying an interview was "unlikely" to take place.

When asked during a press conference whether he would sit for an interview with Mueller, Trump said, "We'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".

Trump's broad defence of his approach towards Russia, in contrast to that of his predecessor Barack Obama, came on a day when Democrats on Capitol Hill kept up their pressure on him over what they see as soft-pedalling of the alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

President Donald Trump today said the U.S. could "conceivably" return to the landmark Paris climate agreement but did not indicate any move in that direction. If Dickey or anyone else in Mueller's office uncovers evidence that the Trump campaign helped Russian Federation carry out such acts, they could charge campaign members with violations.

Republicans who spent the early months of 2017 working with Democrats on investigations into Russian interference in USA elections have pivoted as the new year begins and midterm elections loom, leaving the conclusions of those congressional probes in doubt.

But the president's allies on Capitol Hill, along with supporters ranging from lawyers on the Trump team to friends, are urging Trump to avoid potential political and legal jeopardy by sitting down for an interview, CNN reported.

Earlier in the week, Trump had himself signed an order to review the way that Americans caught up by surveillance can be identified - or "unmasked" in the jargon.

Trump took the opportunity then to blast the media for their nearly nonstop fixation on the issue of so-called Russian collusion.

The transcript of the interview with Simpson that Feinstein released earlier this week buttresses that point.

President Donald Trump looks to Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg as she speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday Jan. 10 2018
Trump holds press conference with Norwegian prime minister at White House

One can't conjure up a scenario whereby Mueller misses the opportunity to ask President Trump questions.

"Every single witness we've interviewed has been consistent on what they have testified to", he said. Dianne Feinstein of being "underhanded and a disgrace" for disclosing details of a dossier of allegations about his ties to Russian Federation during the presidential campaign.

Legal experts predict it won't be long before President Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa start showing up in lawsuits and judicial decisions, much as the president's tweets already have. "I mean, certainly I'll see what happens", he said.

Robert Mueller is leading the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election. Her staff helped conduct the interview with Simpson, who had also asked for the interview to be released.

Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, told a Senate committee that Mr Steele took his concerns that Mr Trump was being blackmailed by the Kremlin to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in July 2016.

"On Fire and Fury, by Michael Wolff: "[Wolff] said he interviewed me for three hours in the White House. I can only say this: There was absolutely no collusion.

Feinstein faces a primary from California state Senate leader Kevin de Leon.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is also investigating the Russian meddling, Democratic Sen.

Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort as well as former adviser and longtime Manafort associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to 12 counts, including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to register as foreign agents, and conspiracy against the US.

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