The Latest: Trump says fighting back isn’t obstruction

January 24, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks to a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations of links between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is rejecting criticism of his Russia probe counter-attacks.

“You fight back, oh, it’s obstruction,” Trump says mockingly of his critics.

Speaking to reporters, Trump says “We’re going to find out” if he gets a fair shake from Robert Mueller. The special counsel’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election has expanded to include potential misdeeds by Trump and his aides.

“There’s been no collusion whatsoever,” Trump says. “There’s no obstruction whatsoever. And I’m looking forward to it.”

He says the Mueller interview could come in “two or three weeks.”


6 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he’s “looking forward” to being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Trump says he’d be willing to answer questions under oath. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, but his probe has expanded to include potential misdeeds by those in Trump’s orbit and the president himself.

Trump also says he doesn’t recall asking then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe last year about whom he voted for in 2016.


2 a.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for hours in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, the Justice Department said, as prosecutors moved closer to a possible interview with President Donald Trump about whether he took steps to obstruct an FBI probe into contacts between Russia and his 2016 campaign.

The interview with Sessions last week makes him the highest-ranking Trump administration official, and first Cabinet member, known to have submitted to questioning. It came as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates whether Trump’s actions in office, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, constitute improper efforts to stymie the FBI investigation.

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