President Donald Trump on Wednesday declined to commit to being interviewed by the special counsel investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to sway the 2016 election, backing off a promise he made a year ago to talk to Robert Mueller under oath.
"Listen, I screw up regularly and she doesn't owe me an apology", Grassley said. "When they have no collusion - and nobody's found any collusion at any level - it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview".
While discussions are underway about President Donald Trump possibly speaking with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, FBI investigators have not so far requested an interview with Vice President Mike Pence, a person familiar with the matter said.
Trump's legal team is weighing "every possible avenue" for the President to provide information to the special counsel, from interviews to written answers.
A month ago, a Trump tweet said that he had fired Flynn because Flynn lied to Vice President Pence and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a looming government shutdown and a wave of senior House Republican retirements, Trump's greatest peril is that Congress will flip to the Democrats in November 2018.
Push has come to shove, and better to allow this new phase to take its own course - to let pernicious Republican claims that the Russian Federation investigation is an abuse of power to collapse under their own weight - than shout into the night about impeachment and other not-ready-for-prime-time abstractions.
"It has been determined that there is no collusion by virtually everybody".
Four people have been charged as part of Mueller's investigation so far, including Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller has already interviewed current and former White House staffers, such as communications director Hope Hicks, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and former press secretary Sean Spicer.
Comey claims Trump asked for loyalty during this dinner.
We the American people demand that Robert Mueller immediately end his investigation or be brought up on criminal charges for colluding with the Russians in order to damage an American president. 100%. Reporter: So if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that - I'd be happy glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon.
During a heated exchange with CNN anchor Erin Burnett late Wednesday Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz said the Trump campaign's eagerness to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton is not evidence of collusion with Russian Federation in the 2016 election.
Democrats said Trump is trying to block the investigation, citing his call to Republicans to "take control" of it.
"It would certainly seem they would be close to wrapping up as it relates to the core matter they are investigating", said Solomon Wisenberg, a deputy independent counsel who questioned President Bill Clinton in 1998.
Trump said it was "very much better" having to do with North Korea where the U.S. now has a problem. "We need to know the truth and we need to determine where the facts lie".
"No. No. No. It has got to include the wall".
And he did not rule out having the USA rejoin the Paris climate change agreement. "It does hurt our government", he said.