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>> President Trump, in an exclusive interview with Reuters late Tuesday, said he would intervene in the US Justice Department's case. Against the Chief Financial Officer at China's Huawei Technologies if it would help close a trade deal with Beijing. Reuters White House correspondent, Steve Holland was in the oval office with the president.
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>> It's very unusual for the president to intervene with the justice department, which is conceivably a independent arm of the US government. So that would probably raise some concerns here in Washington about what his intentions are. He's leaned very heavily on the justice department in the past on the Russia investigation but has not stopped it.
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But this would probably lead to some criticism from Democrats at the very least here in Washington about what his intentions are.>> Huawei's CFO was arrested in Canada on December 1st and has been accused by the US of misleading multinational banks about transactions linked to Iran. A potential violation of US sanctions.
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>> He said that the allegations against the executive are very serious and the United States cannot permit this sort of activity. But he is willing to discuss her case with the Chinese. It's possible he could use this Chief Financial Officer at Huawei as a bargaining chip for trade talks.
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But the specter of tariffs is still out there, still weighing on the economy.>> The president also standing by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.>> He feels that Mohammed Bin Salman is the leader of Saudi Arabia and as a result, the United States is standing by him.
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>> Reuters also asked about the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling. And the possibility of impeachment over hush money payments made by his former personal attorney.>> He said he thinks that the people would revolt if something like that happened, that he's done nothing wrong, that that there was no Russia collusion.
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He thinks that he has brought about the greatest economy in the history of the United States. And that why would anyone wanna derail that over what he considers minor allegations? And he thinks that there was no Russia collusion, so he's in a point where he's kinda just waving these charges off and waiting to see what happens.