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>> Bottom line, they all say there is no collusion, and there is no collusion.>> President Trump on Wednesday would not commit to being interviewed by Robert Muller, the special counsel investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.>> Would you be open to->> We'll see what happens, certainly, I will see what happens.
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But when they have no collusion, and nobody has found any collusion at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview.>> Reuters legal correspondent Jan Wolfe.>> President Trump's indications that he might not cooperate and give an interview could just be political bluster because really he doesn't have much leverage here, the leverage is with Bob Muller.
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The US Supreme Court said in a famous case involving Richard Nixon that the President must comply with a subpoena to testify, so Mueller has that in his pocket. Trump refuses to testify, Mueller issues a subpoena, and Trump really can't do anything about that.>> While Mueller has the leverage, that doesn't mean Trump has no cards he can play.
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>> President Trump could refuse to testify in one scenario, which is he invokes his Fifth Amendment right not to self-incriminate. Basically, not to testify against himself. But that would obviously come at great political cost. Critics would say it looks very suspicious. He could also refuse to answer certain questions under a doctrine of executive privilege, which protects the president from having to talk about certain communications that he thinks are just better kept private to respect his ability to lead.
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But that’s not a way to get out of an interview entirely. It’s just a way to refuse to answer certain questions.>> Earlier on Wednesday, Trump blasted the various investigations into the allegations of collusion.>> I'll speak to attorneys.>> According to news reports, Trump's lawyers are discussing how they might respond to an interview request from Mueller but have not received one yet.
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>> The witch hunt continues.