Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. was questioned by a Senate committee in a closed session on Wednesday about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY, in which a Russian lawyer offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the elder Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election.
"It's not an interference, they have information - I think I'd take it", Trump said". But he added that, "of course you give it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that".
In the interview, Trump appeared to walk back his comments from earlier in the week to ABC, when he said he would consider accepting information from an outside nation and may not contact law enforcement.
A top Republican ally said Trump was wrong to say he would accept dirt on political rivals from foreign sources. "I looked at what happened to people, and it was very unfair". "There's nothing wrong with listening".
Some of the most damning crimes in the Mueller report come via former White House counsel Don McGahn, who was directed to obstruct justice by President Trump (but declined to carry out his illegal orders). He has already spent nearly 30 hours with Mueller's teams, where he testified under oath and is extensively quoted through the special counsel's report.
McGahn was a crucial witness for Mueller, spending hours with investigators and offering detailed statements about episodes central to the special counsel's investigation into possible obstruction of justice.
"I thought it was made clear", Trump said of his initial comments, made in an interview with ABC News, which caused an uproar. "I never suggested firing Mueller", Trump told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Asked by ABC News what he would do if Russian Federation or another country offered him dirt on his election opponent, Trump said: "I think I'd want to hear it".
Previously, McGahn stated under oath the president continuously told him to have special counsel Robert Mueller removed due to perceived conflicts of interest and asked to create documents backing up that claim. "Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest".