In the 2nd part of a comprehensive interview that aired on Super Bowl Sunday, President Trump downplayed the numerous charges brought by Unique Counsel Robert Mueller– stating much of those charged in the examination had absolutely nothing to do with him– while providing no clear answer to whether he would make the report public.
Repeating his position that the Mueller examination was a “witch hunt,” Trump stated that most of the individuals charged up until now in the investigation were “blog writers from Moscow” or “people that got caught telling a fib.”
” Of the 34 people, a lot of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were individuals that had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they’re talking about or there were people that got caught telling a fib or telling a lie,” Trump said in his interview with CBS. “I believe it’s a dreadful thing that’s occurred to this country due to the fact that this investigation is a witch hunt.”
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When pressed by recruiter Margaret Brennan about the recent charges brought against Trump’s longtime advisor and confidant Roger Stone, the president distanced himself from the eccentric Washington insider and his role in Trump’s 2016 presidential project.
” Roger Stone didn’t deal with the campaign, other than way, way at the start long before we’re discussing,” Trump said. “Roger is somebody that I’ve always liked … Roger’s a character, however Roger was not- I don’t understand if you understand this or not- Roger wasn’t on my campaign except way at the beginning.”
Stone pleaded innocent recently to felony charges in Mueller’s Russia investigation after a publicity-filled few days invested knocking the probe as politically inspired.
There has actually been prevalent talk that Trump would pardon Stone need to he be founded guilty, however the president said in his interview that he has “not considered it” and Stone “looks like he’s safeguarding himself effectively” in court.
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The indictment does not implicate Stone of collaborating with Russia or with WikiLeaks on the release of hacked Democratic e-mails. However it does allege that he misinformed lawmakers about his pursuit of those interactions and interest in them. The anti-secrecy WikiLeaks website released emails in the weeks prior to the 2016 presidential election that the U.S. states were stolen from Democrats by Russian operatives.
The president would not state whether he would make the Mueller report public once it was completed, adding that would be identified by the attorney general of the United States which he has “no concept what it’s going to say.”
” So far this thing’s been an overall witch hunt. And it doesn’t implicate me in any method,” Trump said. “There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no absolutely nothing. Does not link me in any way however I think it’s a disgrace.”
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Performing Lawyer General Matthew Whitaker stated recently that the Mueller investigation into Russian disturbance in the 2016 election and any possible ties in between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin was “near being completed.”
Moving equipments to diplomacy and the continuous crisis in Venezuela, Trump stated he has not dismissed a military intervention in Venezuela – a position he has hinted at before – and that he is presently against working out with the contested President Nicolas Maduro.
” Many really terrible things have been happening in Venezuela when you take a look at that country,” he stated. “That was the most affluent nation of all in that part of the world, which is an extremely fundamental part of the world. And now you look at the poverty and you take a look at the anguish and you look at the criminal offense and you take a look at all of the things happening.”
The White Home last week announced billions of dollars in new sanctions against Maduro and the country’s state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA, less than a week after President Trump officially acknowledged Venezuelan National Assembly leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.