In a new interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump said he was assured that he is not a target of the Mueller investigation.
The president was speaking to The Times’ Maggie Haberman when she asked him what he was told by his former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“Has Rod Rosenstein given you any sense over the course of the last year about whether you have any exposure, either in — or there’s any concerns, or whether you’re a target of the Mueller report?” she said.
“Well he told the attorneys that I’m not a subject, I’m not a target,” the president said.
“He told your attorneys?” Haberman fired back curiously at his certainty.
“Yeah. Oh, yeah,” the president said assuredly, reinforcing the statement.
Haberman also asked the president about the ongoing negotiations to prevent another government shutdown.
“This is your first experience dealing with Nancy Pelosi having the gavel as the speaker. Do you feel that you properly estimated her strengths?” she said.
“Yeah, I did. I did. I’ve actually always gotten along with her, but now I don’t think I will anymore. I think that she’s hurting the country very badly. I think she’s doing a tremendous disservice to the country. If she doesn’t approve a wall, the rest of it’s just a waste of money and time and energy because it’s, it’s desperately needed. People are flowing in.
“I mean, we have caravans coming in right now, 12,000 people. We have three of them lined up. And you know they’re lining up from Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador. And they’re coming in.
“With a wall, you don’t need very much help. We just had to move more military down there to handle the one that’s coming up now: 12,000 people or whatever it might be. But they say it’s about 12,000 people.