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Trump Says He Is Willing To Talk To Mueller Under Oath

The president told reporters he was “looking forward” to talking to the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. He also said he would listen to his lawyers’ advice

President Trump speaks to a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday.

President Trump said Wednesday he is willing to be interviewed under oath by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference into the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.

In an impromptu meeting with reporters, Trump said he is “looking forward” to talking with Mueller. “I would love to do it,” he said, going on to say he “would do it under oath.” Trump added he would take his lawyers’ advice.

Mueller has already indicted multiple former associates of the president, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has pled guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador.

The president made the comments just before departing for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The special counsel is also thought to be probing whether or not Trump sought to interfere with the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Mueller’s appointment came after the president abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey last year.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that after firing Comey, Trump summoned then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to the Oval Office for a meeting, where the president asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 presidential election; McCabe said he did not vote, “several current and former U.S. officials” told the Post.

Trump said on Wednesday that he didn’t recall asking McCabe about his voting record.

Trump also elaborated on his immigration plan that the White House is expected to unveil on Monday, ahead of his State of the Union address on Tuesday. He said his plan would offer a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era program shielded from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Congress is trying to come up with a compromise on the DACA program, which Trump set to expire in March. Democrats used the issue as a wedge in last week’s budget negotiations that resulted in a three-day government shutdown.

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