While many top Republicans have attempted to discredit the the US Justice Department’s special counsel leading the investigation into alleged Russian interference in last year’s election, President Donald Trump believes Robert Mueller “will be fair” to him in the probe.
“There’s been no collusion. But I think he’s going to be fair,” Trump told The New York Times in a wide ranging interview on Thursday at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“I think that Bob Mueller will be fair, and everybody knows that there was no collusion,” he added.
Trump has threatened to fire Mueller in the past and says he accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s word that he did not meddle in the 2016 US election.
Sixteen times during the interview, Trump repeated “no collusion” had been discovered as a result of the investigation.
“There is no collusion, and even if there was, it’s not a crime,” Trump said.