President Donald Trump said Friday he “would love to speak” to special counsel Robert Mueller, potentially even if his lawyers advised him against it.
Pressed about the possibility while addressing reporters outside the White House, Trump said, “I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me. In fact, against my lawyers, because most lawyers they never speak on anything. I would love to speak.”
But the president cautioned that he would not opt to sit down with Mueller’s team of federal prosecutors if he felt he would be treated fairly.
"If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyers,” the president said.
The president has seemingly wavered on the possibility of meeting with Mueller’s team, which is investigating Russian election interference during the 2016 elections and ties to the Trump campaign.
In January, Trump said he was “looking forward” to sitting down with Mueller’s team. But in April the president left open the door to the possibility of dismissing Mueller prior to a sit down.
“Why don’t I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens,” the president said.
The remarks came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the hotel, office and apartment of his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen by using a warrant they attained through a referral from Mueller’s team.