President Donald Trump downplayed the numerous charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying many of those charged in the probe had nothing to do with him while giving no clear answer to whether he would make the report public, Fox News informed.
Trump reiterated his position on the Mueller probe, and said that the majority of the people covered by this investigation were “bloggers from Moscow” or “people that got caught telling a fib.”
“Of the 34 people, many of them were bloggers from Moscow or they were people that had nothing to do with me, had nothing to do with what they’re talking about or there were people that got caught telling a fib or telling a lie,” Trump said in his interview with CBS. “I think it’s a terrible thing that’s happened to this country because this investigation is a witch hunt.”
The President also distanced himself from Roger Stone and his role in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign after he was asked by the interviewer about the recent charges against Stone brought by Mueller’s team.
“Roger Stone didn’t work on the campaign, except way, way at the beginning long before we’re talking about,” Trump said. “Roger is somebody that I’ve always liked…Roger’s a character, but Roger was not- I don’t know if you know this or not- Roger wasn’t on my campaign except way at the beginning.”
Stone pleaded not guilty to the charges in the special counsel probe and he said that the investigation is politically motivated.
Several sources mentioned that the President might pardon Stone, but Trump denied these information.
Trump also did not mention whether he would release the Mueller report for the public after its completion, and stated that this is all left on the attorney general to decide.
“So far this thing’s been a total witch hunt. And it doesn’t implicate me in any way,” Trump said. “There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. There was no nothing. Doesn’t implicate me in any way but I think it’s a disgrace.”
Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced last week that the Special Counsel probe that investigates possible ties between Trump campaign and Moscow is near its completion.