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Trump-Russia inquiry: President says he is unlikely to be interviewed

US President Donald Trump has said it is “unlikely” he will be interviewed by Robert Mueller, the man investigating possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

There was no collusion, Mr Trump said, adding: “I’ll see what happens.”

In June 2017, Mr Trump said he would “100%” be interviewed under oath.

He has consistently denied that his campaign worked with Russia to undermine his opponent Hillary Clinton, calling the accusations a “witch hunt”.

Earlier this week the US media reported that Mr Trump’s lawyers were in talks with the Mueller investigation to set a date for an interview.

When asked about the specifics of the interview on Wednesday, Mr Trump criticised the FBI’s investigation and its 2016 interview with Mrs Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

“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,” Mr Trump said. “That’s, perhaps, ridiculous, and a lot of people looked upon that as being a very serious breach.”

US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to sway the election in favour of Mr Trump and a special counsel – that’s Robert Mueller – is looking into whether anyone from his campaign colluded in the effort. The charge is denied both by Russia and by the US president.

The special counsel has the powers of a US attorney, meaning he can subpoena records and bring criminal charges.

He can also prosecute anyone who interferes in his investigation through crimes including perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.

If he decides to question Mr Trump, he may opt to do so on paper, through a voluntary investigation, or by issuing him with a subpoena to appear before a jury. The latter is the only option that would be compulsory for Mr Trump to attend.

<<BBC>>

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