Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mueller Appoints Cyber Expert to Trump Probe Team

As discussions continue about whether President Donald Trump will sit down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, FBI investigators have yet to request an interview with Vice President Mike Pence, a person familiar with the situation told NBC News.

President Donald Trump has once again labelled the ongoing probe into potential coordination between his campaign and Moscow the "single greatest witch hunt" in USA political history.

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed by a House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, a source familiar with the matter says.

At a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump tried to cushion the blow by only calling on two reporters, both from conservative outlets, but still could not manage to avoid making devastatingly bad news for himself.

There was no collusion, Mr Trump said, adding: "I'll see what happens".

There certainly have been suspicious reports about events such as the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower and contacts between Russian individuals and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos (who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating).

Trump said "we'll see what happens" when asked if he'd provide an interview to Mueller's team.

As the NYT notes: "That answer was a marked change from June, when Mr. Trump defended his firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, denying that it was related to his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, and said he would be '100 percent' willing to give a sworn statement to Mr. Mueller".

He said he'd be "glad to" speak to Mr Mueller about it.

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.

"There's no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion", Jarrett agreed.

One can't conjure up a scenario whereby Mueller misses the opportunity to ask President Trump questions. "Republicans should finally take control!" Others say Trump should find a way to cooperate that limits his potential legal exposure. Norway drew a rebuke from Russia previous year after it welcomed several hundred US Marines onto a base about 900 miles from the Russian border.

At the Trump Tower meeting, several Trump campaign officials met with Russian operatives under the impression that they might receive damaging information about the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

"We had a great talk this morning with President Moon (of South Korea), and I think that a lot of good things are happening".

Trump's critique, along with his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, has frustrated US allies on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Trump then interjected with his own thoughts on the issue. Asked about Trump's tweet, she brushed off the idea that the release had anything to do with her election.

"Every single witness we've interviewed has been consistent on what they have testified to", he said.

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