Central Intelligence Agency director questioned in special counsel's Russian Federation probe

Thursday, 25 Jan, 2018

According to media reports Mueller, who is examining whether Trump tried to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation, is hoping to interview the president in the coming weeks.

"I think that the unscripted appearance of the President talking about this has to make his lawyers a bit nuts because it's very hard to walk this back", Zeldin said on AC 360, adding that the question that would be immediately asked if Trump's lawyers advised him not to talk to Mueller, is: What is he hiding?

"He should treat Mueller like a plague", Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump confidante, said Wednesday after Trump's remarks.

The US President expected that he would speak to Mueller within two to three weeks, adding that the date and other formalities were being worked out by his lawyers.

Bannon had earlier reached an agreement to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators instead of appearing before a grand jury. In Comey's place to help lead the investigation was Robert Mueller, who has since indicted several past associates of Trump on various charges.

In Mr Trump's case, it also raises deep concerns that his shoot-from-the-hip outspokenness could jeopardise his own legal position.

"Mueller's team has also made clear it is seeking a sit-down interview with Trump, according to these sources", the report continued.

Mueller's office also interviewed former FBI Director James Comey shortly after Trump fired Comey in May 2017, a person familiar with the matter has told Reuters. The conversation left former and current Federal Bureau of Investigation officials concerned because they believed it was inappropriate for the president to ask a civil servant about his political leanings.

Trump's decision to agree to an interview under oath with Mueller could be the final nail in his political coffin. "I don't know what's the big deal with that".

Mr. Comey's dismissal is central to the question of whether Mr. Trump may have committed obstruction of justice related to the Russian Federation investigation. I do worry when I look at all the things that you people don't report about with what's happening.

Meanwhile, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has also been questioned by Mr. Mueller's office, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

"McCabe got more than $500,000 essentially from Hillary Clinton", Trump said.

Asked whether he believed he would be treated fairly, he responded: "We're going to find out".

A stunning barrage of revelations have suggested that at least one strand of Mueller's Russian Federation probe is racing toward its end game, emphasising the gravity of the situation facing the White House and the potential vulnerability of the President, CNN commented.

"There's been no collusion whatsoever", Trump said.