(CNSNews.com) - When asked whether he would be willing to meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller without conditions, President Donald Trump pointed out that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not sworn in when she was interviewed by the FBI and they didn’t take notes or record the interview.
During a joint White House press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts asked, “Your legal team - sources have told us - believes that in the next few weeks the Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ask for some sort of an interview with you, your legal team believes as part of wrapping up his investigation.
“Are you open to meeting with him? Would you be willing to meet with him without condition or would you demand that a strict set of parameters be placed around any encounter between you and the special counsel?” Roberts asked.
“Again, John, there has been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians or Trump and Russians - no collusion. When I watch you interviewing all the people leaving their committees, I mean the Democrats are all running for office, and they’re trying so say this that, but bottom line, they all say there’s no collusion,” Trump said.
“And there is no collusion, and when you talk about interviews, Hillary Clinton had an interview, which she wasn’t sworn in. She wasn’t given the oath. They didn’t take notes. They didn’t record. It was done on the 4th of July weekend. That’s perhaps ridiculous, and a lot of people looked upon that as being a very serious breach, and it really was, but again, I’ll speak to attorneys,” the president said.
Then FBI Director James Comey told Congress in July 2016 that Clinton was not sworn in before her meeting with the FBI and the interview was not recorded. He said that not swearing her in did not mean there would be no criminal penalties against her if she lied.
The president said Wednesday that the Russia investigations is a “phony cloud” hanging over the administration and that it has hurt the government. He also called it “a Democrat hoax” that was used an excuse for losing the presidential election.
“I can only say this: there was absolutely no collusion. Everybody knows it, every committee-- I’ve been in office now for 11 months. For 11 months, they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government. It does hurt our government,” Trump said.
“It’s 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, so it was brought up for that reason, but it has been determined that there is no collusion and by virtually everybody. So we’ll see what happens,” he said.