President Donald directed his White House counsel to tell attorney general to not recuse himself from the justice department's investigation into potential ties between and the Trump campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter. He said there had been "no collusion" and "no crime". Trump's lawyers have previously stated their determination to cooperate with Mueller's requests.
Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg, who appeared with Trump at the joint press conference, seemed to back away from a question about whether she was "laughing at the Russian Federation investigation".
Media captionUS President Donald Trump: The political survivor? The remaining 60 percent were evenly split on their feelings toward him: 30 percent viewed him favorably and the other 30 percent unfavorably. "[Russia President Vladimir] Putin can't love that", Trump said. "And when you talk about interviews, Hillary Clinton had an interview where she wasn't sworn in, she wasn't given the oath, they didn't take notes, they didn't record and it was done on the Fourth of July weekend".
"That's ridiculous", he said, "and a lot of people looked upon that as being a very serious breach, and it really was".
He has consistently denied that his campaign worked with Russian Federation to undermine his opponent Hillary Clinton, calling the accusations a "witch hunt".
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He also called it a "Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election that, frankly, the Democrats should have won because they have such a tremendous advantage in the Electoral College".
"For 11 months, we've had this phony cloud over this administration", Trump said, calling the investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation "a Democrat hoax". The special counsel has also interviewed several current and former members of the Trump administration, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, White House communications director Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Mr Flynn was charged after admitting making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with Russia's ambassador as part of a plea deal. Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to 12 counts including money laundering, tax fraud, failing to register as foreign agents, and conspiracy against the US.
Trump did not rule out the possibility of being questioned by Mueller when asked about it at a news conference Saturday. Certainly, I'll see what happens.